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Stilwell, Richard Giles "Vinegar Joe"

Date of birth:
February 24th, 1917 (Buffalo/New York, United States)
Date of death:
December 25th, 1991 (Falls Church/Virginia, United States)
Buried on:
United States Military Academy Post Cemetery
Plot: XVIII. Row: D. Grave: 37.
Service number:
0-21085
Nationality:
American (1776 - present, Republic)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Colonel
Unit:
G-3, HQ, 90th Infantry Division "Tough 'Ombres", U.S. Army
Awarded on:
1945
"Colonel (Corps of Engineers) Richard Giles Stilwell (ASN: 0-21085), United States Army, was awarded the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy as G-3, 90th Infantry Division, during World War II."

Headquarters, 90th Infantry Division, General Orders No. 73
Silver Star Medal (SSM)
"Colonel (Infantry) Richard Giles Stilwell (ASN: 0-21085), United States Army, was awarded a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in connection with military operations against the enemy as Commanding Officer, 15th Infantry Regiment, 3d Infantry Division, in Korea."

Headquarters, 3d Infantry Division, General Orders No. 20
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Major General
Unit:
Military Assistance Command Vietnam, U.S. Army
Awarded on:
August 27th, 1965
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Richard Giles Stilwell (ASN: 0-21085), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility as Chief of Staff, Military Assistance Command, Vietnam, during the period from April 1963 to July 1965."

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 29
Period:
Vietnam War (1955-1975)
Rank:
Major General
Awarded on:
September 14th, 1967
"The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pleasure in presenting a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster in lieu of a Second Award of the Army Distinguished Service Medal to Major General Richard Giles Stilwell (ASN: 0-21085), United States Army, for exceptionally meritorious and distinguished services to the Government of the United States, in a duty of great responsibility, during the period from August 1965 to July 1967."

Department of the Army, General Orders No. 36
Distinguished Service Medal - Army (DSM)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With 1 service star
American Defence Service Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With silver star
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)

With crown
Polemikos Stauros 1940 - 1st Class

Second BSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)

Third BSM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Bronze Star  Medal (BSM)
Legion of Merit - US Military

Second LoM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Legion of Merit - US Military

Third LoM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Legion of Merit - US Military

Fourth LoM received as Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
Legion of Merit - US Military

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