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Walter Short

Born: March 30, 1880, Fillmore, Illinois
Died: March 9, 1949 (age 68), Dallas, Texas

Walter Short - Trivia powered by ABEWalter Campbell Short was a Lieutenant General in the United States Army and the U.S. military Commander responsible for the defense of U.S. military installations in Hawaii at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

What do you know about Walter Short? Take this World War II Quick Quiz.

1. Where did he graduate from college in 1901?

  • West Point Military Academy
  • University of Illinois
  • Penn State University

2. Short took part in the expedition into Mexico with the Sixteenth Infantry Division in 1916.

  • True or False?

3. During World War I he served on the General Staff of the 1st Division. Short was an assistant chief of staff for what US Army?

  • 3rd Army
  • 2nd Army
  • 1st Army

4. What division did Short commanded at Fort Hamilton, New York, from 1938-1940

  • 1st Division
  • 13th Division
  • 101st Airborne Division

5. When did General George Marshall appointed Short to the Hawaiian command?

  • February 8, 1941
  • March 8, 1941
  • July 4, 1941

6. After the attack on Pearl Harbor, when was Short relieved of command?

  • December 8, 1941
  • December 17, 1941
  • January 1, 1941

7. General Short retired from active duty on February 28, 1942. What was his permanent rank? 

  • Major General
  • Lt. Colonel
  • Colonel

8. Short testified on his own behalf before Congress about the 1941 attack in 1946. Unlike some of his predecessors in Hawaii, Short was more concerned with sabotage from Japanese-Americans on Oahu, and this led to Army planes parked in such a way as to make them more vulnerable to aerial attack.

  • True or False?

9. After he retired from the Army, he headed the traffic department at a Ford Motor Company plant in Dallas. He retired in 1946 and died in Dallas, Texas. What was the cause of death?

  • Cancer
  • Chronic heart ailment
  • Auto accident

10. Where is Walter Short buried?

  • Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
  • Lincoln Cemetery, Blue Island, Illinois
  • Oak Grove Memorial Gardens, Irving, Texas

Walter Short Answers

  1. University of Illinois
  2. True
  3. 3rd Army
  4. 1st Division
  5. February 8, 1941
  6. December 17, 1941
  7. Major General
  8. True
  9. Chronic heart ailment
  10. Angels on your pillowArlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia
    Plot: Section 30, Lot 1091

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