Joseph Leyendecker A Vital Message from General Stillwell 1944. ‘Vinnegar Joe’ Stillwell was Chaing Kai-shek’s chief of staff. He found Chaing uncooperative and self servinng. He battled the Japanese in Burma, but couldn’t prevent them from seizing the Burma Road. However, he rescued an encircled Chinese garrison and retreated to India. He was removed from China for political reasons. Stillwell’s last command was Okinawa. Privately issued by Timken Roller Bearing Company in Canton, Ohio ergo very rare. 15×11 mint.