"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…
"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.
Hoa Loa Prison (known as Hanoi Hilton) was a French prison that was used by the North Vietnamese government to hold American prisoners during the Vietnam War. Reports from prisoners say Vietnamese jailers used torture, starvation, and murder to subdue them. Notable figures that spent time there: US Senator John McCain, US VP candidate James Stockdale and decorated USAF pilot Bud Day. Today, this prison serves as a hotel under the name Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel.
Stockdale retired to Coronado, California, as he slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's disease. 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.