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 [decorative delimiter] Class of 1904

Vol. V

(Born Fla.)

Joseph W. Stilwell

(Ap'd at Large)


Born at Palatka, FL.​a

Military History. — Cadet at the Military Academy, Aug. 1, 1900 to June 15, 1904, when he was graduated and promoted in the Army to

(Second Lieut., 12th Infantry)

Served: At Camp Jossman, Guimaras, P. I., Nov., 1904 to April, 1906; in the field in Samar, P. I., Feb. and March, 1905; Instructor, Department of Modern Languages, U. S. Military Academy, from Aug. 22, 1906 to Aug. 15, 1910; to remain at the Military Academy, to Dec. 1, 1910.

Vol. VI
[Supplement, Vol. VI: 1910‑1920]

(Joseph Warren Stilwell, Born March 19, 1883.)

Military History. —

Second Lieut., 12th Infantry, June 15, 1904.

At U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of Modern Languages, Aug. 22, 1906, to Dec. 17, 1910; at Fort William McKinley, Philippines, February, 1911, to January, 1912; at Presidio of Monterey, Cal., February, 1912, to May, 1913; at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of English and History, Aug. 18, 1913, to June 2, 1914; in Spain, June to August, 1914; at U. S. Military Academy, Instructor in Department of Modern Languages, Aug. 20, 1914, to

(Captain of Infantry, July 1, 1916)

(Major of Infantry, National Army, Aug. 5, 1917)

Aug. 24, 1917; at Camp Lee, Va., with 80th Division, Brigade Adjutant, Camp Quartermaster, Commandant Quartermaster Training School, Commandant School of Arms and Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑2, Aug. 25 to December, 1917; en route to France, to Jan. 17, 1918; with 58th British Division, February, 1918; at General Hdqrs., A. E. F., February to March, 1918; with 17th French Corps, March to April, 1918; at General Hdqrs., A. E. F., May, 1918; with 2nd Corps, June, 1918; Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑2, 4th Corps, June 20, 1918, to

(Lieut.‑Colonel of Infantry, U. S. A., Aug. 26, 1918)

 p1092  January, 1919; (Sector Warfare at La Fère, Verdun, and Toul; in Battle of St. Mihiel; T. D. 1st Corps, August, 1918); Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑1, 4th Corps, January, 1919, to ––––


Distinguished Service Medal

"For exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services. As Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑2, 4th Army Corps, during the St. Mihiel offensive and later during the operations in the Woëvre, he displayed military attainments of a high order. With great energy and zeal he pursued the developments of the enemy activities on the corps front, securing invaluable information which assisted in a marked degree in the planning of the operations. He contributed by the excellent performance of his task to the success of these operations."

Vol. VII
[Supplement, Vol. VII: 1920‑1930]

Military History: —

Distinguished Service Medal.

Lieutenant-Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, Aug. 26, 1918.

In France, Assistant Chief of Staff, G‑2, 4th Corps, June, 1918, to Jan., 1919; G‑1, 4th Corps, Jan., 1919, to

Colonel, Temporary, of Infantry, May 10, 1919.

June, 1919; at Berkeley, Calif., Chinese Language student, University of California, Aug., 1919, to June, 1920;

Returned to Grade of Captain, Sept. 14, 1919.

Major of Infantry, July 1, 1920.

en route to Peking, China, Aug. 5, 1920, to Sept. 19, 1920; at Peking, China, Chinese Language student, Sept. 19, 1920, to July 9, 1923; en route to United States, July 9, 1923, to Aug., 1923; at Fort Benning, Ga., student officer, Advanced Officers' Course, Infantry School, Sept., 1923, to June, 1924, when he was graduated; at Fort Benning, Ga., Assistant Executive, June, 1924, to June 1, 1925; at Fort Leavenworth, Kans., student officer, Aug. 22, 1925 to June, 1926, when he was graduated; en route to Tientsin, China, Aug. 6, 1926, to Sept. 27, 1926; at Tientsin, China, battalion commander and regimental executive with 15th Infantry, Sept. 27, 1926, to Feb. 20, 1928; at Tientsin, China, Chief of Staff, United States Americanº Forces in China, Feb. 20, 1928, to

Lieutenant-Colonel of Infantry, May 6, 1928.

Mar. 16, 1929; en route to United States, Apr. 6, 1929, to May 31, 1929 (To New York via Panama); at Fort Benning, Ga., Instructor in Tactics, July 10, 1929, to ––––

[Supplement, Vol. VIII: 1930‑1940]

Military History: —

(Lt.‑Col. Inf., May 6, 1928.)

At Ft. Benning, Ga., Instr. in Tactics, July 10, 1929 to May, 1930; C. of Tactical Sec., May, 1930 to May 28, 1933; at San Diego, Calif., O. R., to May 31, 1935; en route to station to

(Col. Inf., July 1, 1935)

July 7, 1935; at Peking, China, Mil. Attaché to China and Siam, to May 12, 1939; on leave and en route to the U. S. to

(Brig.‑Gen. , July 1, 1939)

Aug. 14, 1939; at Ft. Sam Houston, Tex., Inf. Comdr., 2d Div., Sept. 23, 1939, to ––––

Vol. IX
[Supplement, Vol. IX: 1940‑1950]

Military History: —

(Brig Gen 1 Jul 39)

Ft Sam Houston Tex, Inf Comdr 2 Div, 23 Sep 39–Jul 40; Ft Ord Calif, CG 7 Div,

(Maj Gen AUS 1 Oct 40)

‑Jul 41; CG 3 Corps, ‑Dec 41; Theater Comdr CBI, Feb 42‑

(Lt Gen AUS 25 Feb 42)

(Gen AUS 1 Aug 44)


Oct 44; Washington DC, CG AGF, Jan‑Jun 45; Okinawa, CG Tenth Army,


‑Oct 45; Washington DC, Bd, Nov 45–Jan 46; Presidio of San Francisco Calif, CG WDC, ‑Feb 46; CG Sixth Army, ‑12 Oct 46.

Died, Oct. 12, 1946, at San Francisco, Cal.: Aged 63.

Portrait and obituary at West Point Association of Graduates.º

Ashes scattered over the Pacific Ocean;
cenotaph in West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY.

Thayer's Note:

a Gen. Stilwell's birthplace is from the memorial article and biographical sketch at West Point Association of Graduates.

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