Joseph Stilwell

1883 - 1946

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Joseph Warren "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell (March 19, 1883 – October 12, 1946) was a United States Army general who served in the China Burma India Theater during World War II. An early American popular hero of the war for leading a column walking out of Burma pursued by the victorious Imperial Japanese Armed Forces, his implacable demands for units debilitated by disease to be sent into heavy combat resulted in Merrill's Marauders becoming disenchanted with him. Infuriated by the 1944 fall of Changsha to a Japanese offensive, Stilwell threatened Chinese Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek that lend-lease aid to China would be cut off which led Ambassador Patrick J. Hurley to decide Stilwell had to be replaced. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Joseph Stilwell has received more than 927,536 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia. Joseph Stilwell is the 882nd most popular military personnel (down from 780th in 2019), the 2,767th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,482nd in 2019) and the 44th most popular Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Joseph Stilwell ranks 882 out of 1,468Before him are Artabazos I of Phrygia, Wolfgang Lotz, Oskar von Hutier, Al-Muhallab ibn Abi Sufra, Edward Vernon, and Heinrich Ehrler. After him are Cristóvão da Gama, Burkhard Christoph von Münnich, Isamu Chō, Clearchus of Sparta, Semyon Kurkotkin, and Hermann von Oppeln-Bronikowski.

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Among people born in 1883, Joseph Stilwell ranks 92Before him are Eurico Gaspar Dutra, Katia Mann, Bertram Ramsay, Edwin Sutherland, Isaak Brodsky, and Louis Massignon. After him are Leonid Kulik, José Mendes Cabeçadas, Umberto Saba, Hermann Abendroth, Eugen Ritter von Schobert, and Nikolaos Plastiras. Among people deceased in 1946, Joseph Stilwell ranks 82Before him are Karl Eberhard Schöngarth, Wilhelm Souchon, Claus Schilling, Madan Mohan Malaviya, Hermann von Keyserling, and Henry Morgenthau Sr.. After him are Jack Johnson, Chen Gongbo, Gerda Steinhoff, Konstantin Rodzaevsky, Max Pauly, and Othenio Abel.

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Among people born in United States, Joseph Stilwell ranks 2,767 out of 18,182Before him are Clancy Brown (1959), Anne Meara (1929), Archibald Gracie IV (1858), Wendy Carlos (1939), Andrew Taylor Still (1828), and Sally Kellerman (1937). After him are Bobby Darin (1936), Thomas R. Marshall (1854), William Henry Pickering (1858), Patrick Duffy (1949), Michael J. Smith (1945), and Harold Bloom (1930).


Among military personnels born in United States, Joseph Stilwell ranks 44Before him are Philip Sheridan (1831), Charlie Wilson (1933), George B. McClellan (1826), David Farragut (1801), Joseph E. Johnston (1807), and Alexander Haig (1924). After him are Ernest King (1878), Walton Walker (1889), John Basilone (1916), David Petraeus (1952), Holland Smith (1882), and Monte Melkonian (1957).