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William Fletcher Sharp - Fort Leavenworth, Ks.
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 39° 21.050 W 094° 55.826
15S E 333662 N 4357487
Quick Description: This grey granite headstone headstone is in section A of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. Be advised that this fort is active and proper id is required for access to the base and cemetery.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 10/27/2012 6:30:04 PM
Waymark Code: WMFJW9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member rangerroad
Views: 2

Long Description:
This grey granite headstone headstone is in section A of the Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery. The headstone is very close to the burial sites of the officers from the 7th Cavalry killed at the Little Big Horn. The text on the marker reads:

William Fletcher Sharp
Major General U. S. Army
Sept. 22, 1885 - Mar. 30, 1947

Kathryn Lund Sharp
Jan. 17, 1889 - July 30, 1955

From Pacific War Online:
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"William Sharp was a major general in command of the Visayan-Mindanao Force at the time war broke out. However, by early March, Chynoweth had been given command of all forces in the Visayas while Sharp retained command only of the Mindanao forces, with both commanders reporting directly to MacArthur. With the loss of Cebu and retreat of Chynoweth into the northern mountains of that island, Sharp resumed command of the remaining Visayan forces. He surrendered his forces on 10 May 1942 in accordance with Wainright's pleas rather than risk the massacre of the Corregidor garrison."

From Hall of Valor:
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"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General William F. Sharp, United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility in the Philippine Islands from 1 September 1941 to 17 March 1942. Assigned to command the Visayan-Mindanao force, Major General Sharp supervised the mobilization and training of elements of the Philippine Army in the Visayan group and on Mindanao. Under his general supervision a comprehensive system of airfields capable of accommodating all types of aircraft was prepared. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Major General Sharp reflect the highest credit upon himself and the United States Army."
See Above. General Sharp was in command of the forces on the Visayan-Mindanao islands in the Philippines and became a Prisoner of War for the duration.

Date of birth: 9/22/1885

Date of death: 3/30/1947

Area of notoriety: Military

Marker Type: Headstone

Setting: Outdoor

Visiting Hours/Restrictions: Daylight hours

Fee required?: No

Web site: [Web Link]

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