General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum

General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum

This is a Chongqing museum dedicated to General Joseph W. Stilwell, who was affectionately known as “Vinegar Joe”. He was the U.S’s Commander-in-Chief for the China-Burma-India Theater in WWII during the Second Sino-Japanese war. Fluent in Chinese and Japanese, Stilwell served as a vital communicator between the American, Chinese and Japanese troops with commander Chiang Kai-shek. He re-located to Chongqing in March of 1942, and the Chongqing house was his last residence in China as well as the army’s main office.
Outside of the museum overlooking the Chongqing skyline is a bust of Stilwell. The museum’s main building has two floors and is decorated in the style of the 1940’s. In the courtyard, there lies a stone plaque of a letter written by former president Franklin D. Roosevelt to the people of Chongqing.
In 1991 the Chongqing city government decided to transform the house into a museum. It’s situated along the Jialing River in Chongqing’s Yuzhong district.