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Naval officer , Research scholar , writer

James Bond Stockdale, American writer, research scholar, retired naval officer. Decorated Distinguished Flying Cross (2), Distinguished Service Medal (3), Silver Star (4), Medal of Honor; inducted Carrier Aviation Hall of Fame, 1993; enshrined United States Naval Aviation Hall of Honor, 1996.


Stockdale, James Bond was born on December 23, 1923 in Abingdon, Illinois, United States. Son of Vernon Beard and Mabel Edith (Bond) Stockdale.


Bachelor of Science, United States Naval Academy, 1946. Master of Arts, Stanford University, 1962. Doctor of Laws (honorary), Brown University, 1979.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University Rhode Island, 1980. 9 other honorary degrees.


Commissioned ensign United States Navy, 1946, advanced through grades to vice admiral, served as naval aviator, test pilot school instructor, squadron Commander of supersonic fighters, air wing Commander. Prisoner of war (senior naval service Prisoner Of War) North Vietnam, 1965-1973. President Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, 1976-1979.

Retired United States Navy, 1979. President The Citadel, Charleston, South Carolina, 1979-1980. Senior research fellow The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, 1981-1996, emeritus, 1996—2005.

Independent candidate V.P. United States running mate of Ross Perot, 1992.



Member academy advisory board United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, 1981-1994. Fellow Society Experimental Test Pilots (honorary). Member Lincoln Academy Illinois (laureate), Congressional Medal of Honor Society, Society of Cincinnati, Sons of the American Revolution, Bohemian Club (San Francisco).


Married Sybil Elizabeth Bailey, June 28, 1947. Children: James Bond, Sidney Bailey, Stanford Baker, Taylor Burr.

Vernon Beard Stockdale

Mabel Edith (Bond) Stockdale

Sybil Elizabeth Bailey

James Bond Stockdale

Sidney Bailey Stockdale

Stanford Baker Stockdale

Taylor Burr Stockdale