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"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end -- which you can never afford to lose -- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be" James Stockdale wrote this. He was held for 71/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam in a 3 x 9 foot cage. He was awarded 26 personal combat medals, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars. His memory of college classes in Stoic philosophy help him cope as a prisoner of…

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"This is a very important lesson. You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end—which you can never afford to lose—with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be." Admiral James Stockdale. He was a TRULY brave man! Stockdale was held as a prisoner of war in the Hoa Lo prison for the seven and one-half years.

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Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale (December 23, 1923 – July 5, 2005) was one of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the United States Navy. He was also well versed in Philosophy.

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A true hero! James Stockdale, Medal of Honor, POW,Vietnam War, 7 years of torture Helped write the book on how to live as a POW

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4 Sep 1969 - James Stockdale would earn the MOH on this day 46 years ago while a POW in North Vietnam for over seven years.

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Stockdale retired to Coronado, California, as he slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's disease.[18] He died from the illness on July 5, 2005. Stockdale's funeral service was held at the Naval Academy Chapel and he was buried at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.

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Today in 1973: The Vietnam War cease-fire went into effect (20 photos & video)

(MOH recipient James Stockdale's homecoming after 8 years in captivity)

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"Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton” by Peter Fretwell, Taylor Baldwin Kiland, J P London. This book highlights six characteristics of high-performance teams, and takes a deep, intellectual approach to dissecting these elements. Originally intending their book to focus on James Stockdale's leadership style, the authors found that his approach toward completing a mission was to assure that it could be accomplished without him.

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