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Sharp, William Frederick (1885-1947)


Photograph of William F. Sharp

U.S. Army. Via ibiblio.org

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.

He was not well thought of by his principal subordinates. Chynoweth said of him: "He was devoid of resilience and unfit for the stress of war. In crisis, he panicked ..."

Service record

1885     

Born
1918
Colonel     
Commander, 11 Field Artillery Regiment, France
1918

Commander, 78 Field Artillery Regiment, France
1941
Major general     
Commander, Visayan-Mindanao Force
1942

Commander, Central Philippines Force
1942

Prisoner of war
1946

Retires
1947

Dies

References

Connaughton (2001)

Generals.dk (accessed 2008-2-8)

Morton (1953)


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