Passings

Ross Perot's running mate from 1992 passed away today at the age of 81. Yahoo News is reporting that James Stockdale had been suffering from Alzheimers.

Interesting story about this guy who was thrust into the limelight without knowing what he was in for. I don't think I realized back in '92 that he was a medal of honor recipient. The Yahoo News writeup follows:

A portion of his award citation reads: "Stockdale ... 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. 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."

Willing "to give up his life, rather than capitulate." Oddly appropriate that he pass away almost on independence day. While he didn't make it to the Vice Presidency, he will certainly be remembered for all time for his heroism during war.

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