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He deliberately inflicted a near-mortal wound to his person in order to convince his captors of his willingness to give up his life rather than capitulate. Electoral history
1992 election for U. Sensing the start of another purge and aware that his earlier efforts at self-disfiguration to dissuade his captors from exploiting him for propaganda purposes had resulted in cruel and agonizing punishment Rear Adm.
During the late 1970s he served as President of the Naval War College. Stockdale led aerial attacks from the carrier USS Ticonderoga (CVA-14) during the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin Incident. He was awarded 26 personal combat decorations including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars.