Coronado in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
James B. Stockdale
Vice Admiral Stockdale was awarded the Nation’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor, in recognition of his extraordinary heroism, conspicuous gallantry, and unparalleled leadership as senior Naval Officer held as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam from 1966 – 1973.
As commanding officer of Carrier Air Group Sixteen flying from the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany, he was shot down over enemy territory on Sept. 9, 1966.
During his seven and one half year imprisonment, he was tortured numerous times, forced to wear heavy vise-like leg irons, and kept in solitary confinement for four years.
Despite the brutal treatment, he continuously defied his captors and exercised the highest degree of leadership by organizing and leading his fellow POWs. He improvised a cohesive set of rules governing prisoner behavior centered on the tenets, “Unity before Self” and “Home with Honor”. Admiral Stockdale always led by example, and his valor and dynamic leadership provided the POWs the faith and strength to endure their ordeal.
For his exceptional heroism, Vice Admiral Stockdale
Vice Admiral Stockdale was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy. In addition to his Medal of Honor, he was awarded 26 combat decorations including three Distinguished Service Medals, four Silver Stars, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Purple Hearts.
Erected 2007 by USS Midway Museum; FRC Southwest; Robert L. Rodriguez; and Suzanne D Boyer.
Topics and series. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam. In addition, it is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients series list. A significant historical date for this entry is September 9, 1966.
Location. 32° 41.981′ N, 117° 11.028′ W. Marker is in Coronado, California, in San Diego County. Memorial is at the intersection of Stockdale Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Coronado CA 92118, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Vice Admiral Edward H. Martin (approx. half a mile away); First Firehouse Site - 1892 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Ships Bell (approx. 0.6 miles away); The World's First Seaplane Flight (approx. 0.7 miles away); Carrothers Court (approx. 0.7 miles away); H-46 40 Years of Service (approx. 0.7 miles away); C-2A Greyhound (approx. 0.7 miles away); Centennial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coronado.
Regarding James B. Stockdale. Vice Admiral Stockdale and his family were long-time residents of Coronado.
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