Coronado in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
James B. Stockdale
Vice Admiral Stockdale was awarded the Nationís 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 was awarded the Medal of Honor. In part, his citation reads: “Stockdale deliberately inflicted a near fatal wound to convince his captors he would willingly give up his life rather than
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.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
Location. 32° 41.981′ N, 117° 11.028′ W. Marker is in Coronado, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of Stockdale Boulevard and Alameda Boulevard, on the left when traveling north on Stockdale Boulevard. Touch for map. The marker and A-4 Jet are on display outside the Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Gate to Naval Air Station, North Island that they commemorate, no special access is needed
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); Centennial Park (approx. 0.7 miles away); Coronado Ferryboat Terminal (approx. 0.7 miles away); Birthplace of Naval Aviation (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Stockdale Tribute (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.
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 17, 2018, by Jamie Gallant Jamison of Coronado, California. This page has been viewed 57 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 17, 2018, by Jamie Gallant Jamison of Coronado, California. 6. submitted on May 28, 2018, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.