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Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale (1923-2005)

Stockdale, best known as Ross Perot's running mate in the 1992 election, died today at the age of 81.

Despite being lampooned for asking "Who am I? Why am I here?" in 1992's Vice-Presidential debate, Stockdale was a true American hero. As a Navy fighter pilot in Vietnam, he flew over 200 missions before being shot down and held as a prisoner of war for 7 and 1/2 years.

Though he'll be remembered mostly as a political footnote, we should all thank Admiral Stockdale for his many sacrifices for our nation. *salute*

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