PASSING OF VICE ADMIRAL JAMES B. STOCKDALE, USN (RET)

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SUBJ/PASSING OF VICE ADMIRAL JAMES B. STOCKDALE, USN (RET)//

RMKS/1.  IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT I ANNOUNCE THE PASSING OF VICE
ADMIRAL JAMES BOND STOCKDALE, USN (RET) ON JULY 5, 2005.  ADMIRAL
STOCKDALE S EXTRAORDINARY LEADERSHIP AND INSPIRING SERVICE HAD A
PROFOUND IMPACT ON THOSE WHO WEAR THE UNIFORM AND TO OUR NATION.  A
NATIONAL HERO, MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENT, WINNER OF FOUR SILVER
STARS, NAVAL TEST PILOT, PRESIDENT OF THE NAVAL WAR COLLEGE AND THE
CITADEL, VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE, AND OTHER DISTINGUISHED
ACCOMPLISHMENTS, ADMIRAL STOCKDALE WILL BE REMEMBERED IN THE ANNALS
OF NAVAL HISTORY AS ONE OF OUR MOST REVERED LEADERS.  HE WILL BE
HONORED AT A MEMORIAL SERVICE ONBOARD THE USS RONALD REGAN IN HIS
HOMETOWN OF CORONADO, CA ON JULY 16, 2005.  HE WILL BE BURIED WITH
FULL HONORS AT THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY, ON JULY 23, 2005.  AS A
MILITARY SERVICE STEEPED IN TRADITION, THE FUNERAL WILL ENSURE
THAT A U.S. NAVAL HERO IS CELEBRATED WITH APPROPRIATE PROTOCOL AND
REVERENCE.  (THOSE PLANNING TO ATTEND THE FUNERAL SERVICE AT
ANNAPOLIS SHOULD CONTACT MAJ J.J. HURD, USMC AT (703) 614-2679).
2.  ADMIRAL STOCKDALE WAS BORN ON DECEMBER 23, 1923, IN ABINGDON,
ILLINOIS, AND ENTERED THE U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY IN 1943.  COMMISSIONED
SHORTLY AFTER WORLD WAR II, ADMIRAL STOCKDALE SERVED ON DESTROYERS
FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS UNTIL FLIGHT TRAINING AND REDESIGNATION
AS A NAVAL AVIATOR IN 1950.  FLYING A VARIETY OF ANTI-SUBMARINE AND
FIGHTER AIRCRAFT, ADMIRAL STOCKDALE BECAME A TEST PILOT IN 1954.
AFTER COMMANDING FIGHTER SQUADRON 51 FROM 1963 TO 1964, ADMIRAL
STOCKDALE TOOK COMMAND OF CARRIER AIR WING SIXTEEN IN FEBRUARY 1965,
LEADING IT INTO COMBAT IN THE SKIES OVER NORTH VIETNAM.  FLYING AN
A-4 SKYHAWK FROM USS ORISKANY, ADMIRAL STOCKDALE WAS SHOT DOWN BY
INTENSE GROUND FIRE ON SEPTEMBER 9TH OF THAT YEAR AND WAS HELD AS A
PRISONER UNTIL THE FINAL STAGES OF THE VIETNAM WAR IN 1973.  AS THE
SENIOR U.S. NAVY POW IN VIETNAM, HIS LEADERSHIP OF FELLOW POWS
THROUGH STALWART RESISTANCE TO NORTH VIETNAMESE TORTURE RESULTED IN
FOUR OF HIS SEVEN YEARS IN HANOI BEING SPENT IN SOLITARY
CONFINEMENT.  HIS MEDAL OF HONOR 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.  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."  THOUGH HIS CAPTORS HELD HIS BODY PRISONER,
THEIR RELENTLESS ATTEMPTS TO BREAK HIS SPIRIT NEVER SUCCEEDED.  WHEN
HIS STORY WAS TOLD ON HIS RELEASE AT THE END OF THE WAR, THE LEGEND
OF HIS COURAGE AND ENDURANCE BECAME AN INSPIRATION TO ALL.
3.  ADMIRAL STOCKDALE WAS REPATRIATED TO THE UNITED STATES IN
FEBRUARY 1973.  HE LATER SERVED AS THE COMMANDER, ANTI-
SUBMARINE WING, U.S. PACIFIC FLEET; AND THEN DEPUTY DIRECTOR,
STRATEGIC PLANS, POLICY, NUCLEAR SYSTEMS AND NSC AFFAIRS
DIVISION, OFFICE OF THE CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS.  HIS FINAL
ACTIVE DUTY TOUR WAS AS THE PRESIDENT, U.S. NAVAL WAR COLLEGE,
NEWPORT, R.I. FROM 1977 TO 1979.  AFTER RETIREMENT FROM ACTIVE
DUTY, HE SERVED AS THE PRESIDENT OF THE CITADEL IN CHARLESTON,
S.C. FROM 1979 TO 1980, AND LATER WITH THE HOOVER INSTITUTE AT
STANFORD UNIVERSITY IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.  ADMIRAL STOCKDALE IS
SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE SYBIL AND THEIR FOUR SONS.
4.  RELEASED BY VICE ADMIRAL A. T. CHURCH III, DIRECTOR, NAVY STAFF.
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