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Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale

1923 - 2005

 
 
Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
1. Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Memorial
at entrance to Luce Hall, USNA.
Inscription. [Panel 1:]
[Rendering of the Medal of Honor (U.S. Navy/Marine Corps)]
"Never give in; never give in; never, never, never--in nothing great or small, large or petty--never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy." - Sir Winston Churchill.

[Panel 2:]
Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy and the only three star admiral to wear both aviator wings and the Medal of Honor. As a result of his heroic actions, he was awarded 26 combat decorations including two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Distinguished Service Medals, four Silver Star Medals, and two Purple Hearts.

[Panel 3:]
"Lameness is an impediment to the leg, but not to the will; and say this to yourself with regard to everything that happens."
Epictetus, The Enchiridion.

[Panel 4:]
As senior prisoner of war in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973, Vice Admiral James Stockdale's dynamic leadership and extreme heroism saved hundreds of American lives and permitted them to return home with honor. Despite the enemy's unrelenting attempts to break his will, his eternal defiance and valor in the face of unthinkable
Stockdale Marker - Panel 1 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
2. Stockdale Marker - Panel 1
odds will forever serve as an inspiration to all Americans in uniform.
 
Erected 2008.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.952′ N, 76° 28.838′ W. Marker is in Annapolis, Maryland, in Anne Arundel County. Marker is on Cooper Road just south of Holloway Rd.. Touch for map. Marker is on the U.S. Naval Academy at the main entrance to Luce Hall. Vehicle access and parking may be restricted in the area, but the marker should be accessible to pedestrians. Visitors will need to show a picture identification to visit the Naval Academy. Marker is in this post office area: Annapolis MD 21402, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Butler in Annapolis (within shouting distance of this marker); Burning of the Brig "Peggy Stewart" (within shouting distance of this marker); Vice Admiral William Porter Lawrence, USN (within shouting distance of this marker); Norman Scott Natatorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Fort Severn and the United States Naval Academy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line);
Stockdale Marker - Panel 2 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
3. Stockdale Marker - Panel 2
Site of Old Fort Severn (about 300 feet away); Japanese Ambassador Hirosi Saito (about 400 feet away); HMS Confiance Cannon (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Annapolis.
 
Also see . . .
1. USNA Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Wikipedia entry for James Stockdale. (Submitted on October 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional keywords. Naval Academy, Test Pilot, Tonkin Gulf, Hanoi Hilton, Ross Perot, vice presidential candidate.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesMilitaryPatriots & PatriotismPoliticsWar, VietnamWaterways & Vessels
 
Stockdale Marker - Panels 3 & 4 image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, June 08
4. Stockdale Marker - Panels 3 & 4
Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Grave Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, July 15, 2008
5. Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Grave Marker
He is buried in the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: STOCKDALE, JAMES B. Rank and Organization: Rear Admiral (then Captain), U.S. Navy Place and Date: Hoa Lo prison, Hanoi, North Vietnam, 4 September 1969 Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam. Recognized by his captors as the leader in the Prisoners' of War resistance to interrogation and in their refusal to participate in propaganda exploitation, Rear Adm. Stockdale was singled out for interrogation and attendant torture after he was detected in a covert communications attempt. Sensing the start of another purge, and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment, Rear Adm. Stockdale resolved to make himself a symbol of resistance regardless of personal sacrifice. He 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. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated in their employment of excessive harassment and torture toward all of the Prisoners of War. By his heroic action, at great peril to himself, he earned the everlasting gratitude of his fellow prisoners and of his country. Rear Adm. Stockdale's valiant leadership and extraordinary courage in a hostile environment sustain and enhance the finest traditions of the U.S. Naval Service.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 18, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,129 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 25, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   5. submitted on August 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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