|Intro||Vietnam War United States Army Special Forces general|
|From||United States of America Vietnam|
|Birth||6 March 1912, New York, USA|
|Death||25 July 1966, Pacific Ocean (aged 54 years)|
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.
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.
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|