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By James B. Stockdale

Whilst actual incapacity from wrestle wounds led to Jim Stockdale's early retirement from army lifestyles, he had the excellence of being the single three-star officer within the background of the army to put on either aviator wings and the Congressional Medal of Honor. His writings were many and sundry, yet all converge at the imperative subject of ways guy can upward thrust with dignity to be triumphant within the face of adversity.

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I Knew I Was in a War” Early in the summer of 1964, an incident in the Gulf of Tonkin had already turned the festering conflict in Southeast Asia into a full-blown war. On 2 August, USS Maddox (DD-73) was on what was termed a “routine patrol” in international waters when three North Vietnamese torpedo boats commenced a high speed torpedo run on the destroyer. What happened that day and shortly thereafter resulted in the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution. ” Escalation of the war in Vietnam was now assured.

Sometimes you could hear bombs going off or see flares going up. The hotel was a compound with a fence around it. In the beginning, things were pretty open. You could come and go as you wanted. But as the terrorist activity increased, MPs were on duty where you entered the compound. It really wasn’t very secure because most anybody could get through. In fact, that’s what happened when the bombing took place. Somebody drove through and the car wasn’t really checked that closely. The physicians and nurses lived separately.

In the beginning, things were pretty open. You could come and go as you wanted. But as the terrorist activity increased, MPs were on duty where you entered the compound. It really wasn’t very secure because most anybody could get through. In fact, that’s what happened when the bombing took place. Somebody drove through and the car wasn’t really checked that closely. The physicians and nurses lived separately. None of us all lived together in the same building. There were four of us in our suite at the Brink, and then later, another nurse joined the staff; she was billeted on an upper floor.

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