James B. Stockdale

James B. Stockdale (HM27TA)

Location: Coronado, CA 92118 San Diego County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 41.981', W 117° 11.028'

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Vice Admiral Stockdale was awarded the Nation's 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

capitulate. He was subsequently discovered and revived by the North Vietnamese who, convinced of his indomitable spirit, abated their employment of excessive harassment and torture of all prisoners of war."

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.

This gate is dedicated to Admiral Stockdale: fighter pilot, Naval Officer, and great American hero.
HM NumberHM27TA
Year Placed2007
Placed ByUSS Midway Museum; FRC Southwest; Robert L. Rodriguez; and Suzanne D Boyer
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Date Added Saturday, May 26th, 2018 at 10:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 482772 N 3618009
Decimal Degrees32.69968333, -117.18380000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 41.981', W 117° 11.028'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 41' 58.86" N, 117° 11' 1.68" W
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Area Code(s)619, 858
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near CA-282, Coronado CA 92118, US
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