Douglas C. Short
"The training that you obtained started you off recognizing discipline and that carried you along all of the time you were in the service"

Name: Douglas C. Short
Date Of Birth:
Branch of Service:
U.S. Air Force
Dates of Service: January 1941 to October 1980
Location of Military Service: China, Burma, India, Korea

General Short enlisted prior to World War II.  He had just graduated from the Spartan School of Aeronautics as a pilot and entered the service in the Oklahoma Air National Guard.  He went for training in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He was assigned to the 11th Bomb Squadron in the 14th Air Force.  While in China he achieved the rank of Major.
His squadron was nicknamed the Falcon Squadron with the comic book insignia of "Jiggs" so was known by both names.  He flew many missions over China bombing port facilities, shipping and bridges and over Burma bombing military facilities and Japanese troops.  He was awarded the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross for a bombing mission on the Island of Formosa.  General Short served three tours in China and flew a total of 73 missions.  The Silver Star (then the second highest honor) was awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.  The Distinguished Flying Cross was awarded to any person who distinguished himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight.

Distinguished Flying Cross

Silver Star