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July 06, 2005

Retired Vice Admiral Jim Stockdale dead at age 81

From Newsmax:

Retired Vice Adm. James Stockdale, a former prisoner of war and Ross Perot's running mate in 1992, has died, the Navy announced Tuesday. He was 81.

The Navy did not provide a cause of death but said he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. He died at his home in Coronado, Calif. ...

Stockdale was born in Abingdon, Ill., and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1947.

During the Vietnam War, he was a Navy fighter pilot based on the USS Oriskany and flew 201 missions before he was shot down on Sept. 9, 1965. He became the highest-ranking naval officer captured during the war, the Navy said.

He endured more than 7 1/2 years as a prisoner, spending four of them in solitary confinement, before his release in 1973. He was tortured repeatedly, according to the Navy.

Stockdale received 26 combat decorations, including the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest medal for valor, in 1976. A portion of his award citation reads: “Stockdale ... deliberately inflicted a near mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate.”

I was impressed with his character in the vice presidential debates. He was out of his league in politics, but it was clear that he was an impressive man, nonetheless. He made Al Gore look like a cardboard cutout, and certainly didn't help Quayle's image by the comparison.

Coverage: Michelle Malkin, Outside the Beltway, WizBang

Posted by Danny Carlton at July 6, 2005 07:30 AM

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