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Register of the Walter Campbell Short papers, 1863-1991
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Description
Writings, correspondence, defense statements, photographs, film, scrapbooks, certificates, clippings, congressional prints, and other printed matter relating to Lieutenant General Walter Campbell Short, especially his military career and investigations of defense preparations at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Lt. Gen. Short was in command of the Hawaiian Department of the United States Army at the time of the attack on Pearl Harbor and subsequently held responsible for the defeat, along with Admiral Husband E. Kimmel.
Background
Walter Campbell Short was born on March 30, 1880 in Fillmore, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1901 and briefly taught mathematics at Western Military Academy before he was commissioned into the United States Army in 1902. Short was stationed in France during World War I and served as a member of the 1st Division’s general staff and then as assistant chief of staff for the 3rd Army. During this time he earned the Distinguished Service Medal and became an officer of the French Legion of Honour.
Extent
6 manuscript boxes, 14 oversize boxes, 3 motion picture film reels (17.9 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
The collection is open for research. The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.