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James Bond Stockdale

Stockdale, James Bond, 1923–2005, U.S. naval officer, b. Abingdon, Ill.; grad. U.S. Naval Academy, 1947. A fighter pilot and highly decorated career naval officer (1946–79), he was the highest ranking U.S. prisoner of war (1965–73) in North Vietnam during the Vietnam War. He rose to the rank of vice admiral before retiring from the navy and was president of the Naval War College (1976–79) and of The Citadel (1979–80). From 1981 to 1996 he was a senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace. He wrote A Vietnam Experience (1985) and several other books. Stockdale was H. Ross Perot's vice presidential running mate in 1992.

See his In Love and War (with his wife, Sybil Stockdale, 1984, 2d ed. 1990).

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