Died May 22,1991
Robert Morris Stillman was born in Greenville, Ohio, in 1911. He graduated from high school at Pueblo, Colo., in 1929, attended Colorado College in Colorado Springs for two years, graduated from the U.S. Military Academy June 12, 1935 and was commissioned a second lieutenant of Field Artillery.
Immediately thereafter, General Stillman entered Primary Flying School at Randolph Field, Texas and graduated from Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas in October 1936. He served with the 50th Reconnaissance Squadron at Hickam Field, Hawaii from Jan. 10, 1937 to August 1940, returning to the U.S. Military Academy each fall during this period as a member of the football coaching staff.
Moving to Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., he was named officer in charge of the recruit detachment and the following Jan. 6, assumed command of the First Staff Squadron. He was appointed chief of the Overseas Section, Directorate of War Organization and Movements at Army Air Force Headquarters on May 20, 1942 and the following Jan. 20, became executive officer of the 387th Bomb Group at MacDill Field, Fla.
Going overseas that March 17, General Stillman commanded the 322nd Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force in England until he was shot down and captured in Holland May 17, 1943, remaining a prisoner of war until April 29, 1945. He participated in two low-level B-26 bombing missions, being shot down on his second one.
Nov. 30, 1945 he was named chief of the Training Division, Headquarters, Third Air Force at Tampa, Fla., and on June 1, 1946 was appointed deputy chief of staff at Tactical Air Command Headquarters, Langley Field, Va.
General Stillman was in command of Stewart Field, N.Y., from Aug. 1, 1947 until he became deputy for operations at First Air Force Headquarters, Mitchel Air Force Base, N.Y., March 1, 1949. Entering the National War College, Washington, D.C., Aug. 28, 1950, he graduated the following June 30. Assigned to Air Force Headquarters, he then was appointed chief of the Officers' Assignment Division in the Directorate of Military Personnel.
On Sept. 1, 1954, General Stillman was designated commandant of cadets for the newly activated U.S. Air Force Academy.
He assumed command of Lackland Military Training Center, Texas, Sept. 2, 1958.
In the fall of 1959, General Stillman was named to the Sports Illustrated magazine Silver Anniversary All-American football team. The honor is bestowed on individuals who have achieved outstanding success in their careers during the 25 years subsequent to their graduating from college.
On Oct. 5, 1961, General Stillman assumed command of the 313th Air Division, Okinawa. He came to Sheppard Technical Training Center, Texas, as commander July 26, 1963.
His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medal. He is rated a command pilot.
(Up to date as of September 1963)