James Stockdale

United States Navy Medal of Honor recipient (1923-2005)

James Bond[1] Stockdale (December 23, 1923 – July 5, 2005) was a United States Navy vice admiral and aviator. He was awarded the Medal of Honor in the Vietnam War, during which he was a prisoner of war for over seven years.

James Stockdale
Formal portrait of Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale in full dress white uniform
Rear Admiral James B. Stockdale
in full dress white uniform
Born(1923-12-23)December 23, 1923
Abingdon, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJuly 5, 2005(2005-07-05) (aged 81)
Coronado, California, U.S.
Buried atUnited States Naval Academy Cemetery
AllegianceUnited States
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1943–1979
RankVice Admiral
Commands heldVF-51
Carrier Air Wing 16
Battles/warsVietnam War
AwardsMedal of Honor
Navy Distinguished Service Medal (3)
Silver Star (4)
Legion of Merit (with "V" device)
Distinguished Flying Cross (2)
Bronze Star Medal (2) (with "V" device)
Purple Heart (2)
Air Medal (Strike/Flight 10)
Other workVice Presidential candidate, 1992

He was President of the Naval War College from October 1977 until he retired from the Navy in 1979. As Vice Admiral, Stockdale became the President for The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. Stockdale held this position from 1979 to 1980.

Stockdale was a candidate for Vice President of the United States in the 1992 presidential election, on Ross Perot's independent ticket.

Writings by James StockdaleEdit

Books
  • Taiwan and the Sino-Soviet Dispute, Stanford, California, 1962.
  • The Ethics of Citizenship, University of Texas at Dallas, 1981, Andrew R. Cecil lectures on moral values in a free society featured Stockdale and other speakers.
  • James Bond Stockdale Speaks on the "Melting Experience: Grow or Die", Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1981 speech to the graduating class of John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • A Vietnam Experience: Ten Years of Reflection, Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1984, ISBN 0-8179-8151-9.
  • In Love and War: The Story of a Family's Ordeal and Sacrifice During the Vietnam Years
  • Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a Laboratory of Human Behavior, Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1993, ISBN 0-8179-3692-0.
  • Thoughts of a Philosophical Fighter Pilot, Hoover Institution, Stanford, 1995 ISBN 0-8179-9391-6.
Other writings

ReferencesEdit

  1. Stockdale's given names--"James Bond"--are unrelated to James Bond, the hero of Ian Fleming's spy novels. Fleming had never heard of Stockdale when he coined the name long after the latter's birth ("Navy Hero: James Bond in His Own Right". The Pittsburgh Press. August 16, 1977. p. 9. Retrieved March 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.).