Joseph Warren Stilwell, Jr.: Vietnam War United States Army Special Forces general (1912 - 1966)
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Joseph Warren Stilwell, Jr.
Vietnam War United States Army Special Forces general

Joseph Warren Stilwell, Jr.

Joseph Warren Stilwell, Jr.
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Intro Vietnam War United States Army Special Forces general
Was Military personnel
From United States of America Vietnam
Field Military
Gender male
Birth 6 March 1912, New York, USA
Death 25 July 1966, Pacific Ocean (aged 54 years)
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United States Military Academy
Distinguished Flying Cross  
Bronze Star Medal  
Legionnaire of Legion of Merit  
Purple Heart  
Air Medal  
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Brigadier General Joseph Warren Stilwell Jr. (March 6, 1912 – July 25, 1966) was a United States Army general best known for his service in United States Army Special Forces and the United States Army Support Group in the Vietnam War.

Early life

Stilwell was born in Syracuse, New York, one of five children of General Joseph Stilwell. He attended West Point, graduating in the class of 1933.

Military career

Stilwell served as a lieutenant with the 15th Infantry Regiment (United States) in China in 1937.

Stilwell served as commander of United States Army Support Group, Vietnam (renamed United States Army Support Command, Vietnam from March 1, 1964) from August 26, 1962, until June 30, 1964.


Stilwell was lost at sea on July 25, 1966, when flying a C-47 to Hawaii with longtime friend and pilot Hal Grimes of Air Ferry International. Harold Fossum was the navigator. The C-47 was to continue on to Thailand; however, Stilwell was only intending to travel as far as Hawaii to increase his instrument rating qualification. The Coast Guard, USAF and US Navy (including three destroyers and the USS Yorktown) searched an area of 105,000 square miles without finding any trace of the aircraft.

Awards and decorations

Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters and Valor device
Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster
Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster
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