Thursday, July 07, 2005

Admiral James Stockdale, former P.O.W. dies

James Stockdale was born in Abingdon, Illinois. He was graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1947, within two years of the end of the wars in Europe and the Pacific, what we still call World War II.

During the American war in Vietnam, he was a Navy fighter pilot, based on the U.S. S. Oriskany. He flew 201 missions before he was shot down on 9 September 1985. he became the highest ranking naval officer captured during the war, according to the Navy.

He lived for seven and one half years as a prisoner of the Vietnamese Communists, enduring four years in solitary, many tortures, before being released in 1973.

He retired from the military in the year in which I was graduated from high school, in 1979. His wife Sybil, and their four sons survive him.

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