10¢ Joseph W. Stilwell
Distinguished Americans Series
Issue Date: August 24, 2000
City: Providence, RI
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Lithographed and engraved
Color: Red and black
Honored on the first Distinguished Americans series stamp is General Joseph W. Stilwell (1883-1946). A 1904 graduate of the United States Military Academy, Stilwell was sent to Burma in 1942 to assist Chinese and British troops who were defending Burma against Japanese aggression. He commanded all American forces in the China-Burma-India theater of operations during World War II. Stilwell, whose outspoken nature earned him the nickname "Vinegar Joe," served as Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's chief of staff and was the first American general to command a Chinese army.