Courage Under Fire: Testing Epictetus's Doctrines in a by James B. Stockdale

By James B. Stockdale

While actual incapacity from wrestle wounds led to Jim Stockdale's early retirement from army lifestyles, he had the excellence of being the one three-star officer within the historical past 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 topic of the way guy can upward push with dignity to be successful within the face of adversity.

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It was obvious the person was a little tipsy, as he was having difficulty walking in a straight line. When I got up close, I noticed that the person was a female. ” Only then did I recognize her. It was Martha Raye, one of Special Forces’ biggest supporters. I knew she was visiting the compound, but hadn’t met her. “Yes Ma’am,” I said, as I turned her around and led her back to the SF visiting officers quarters.

For me, it was just a temporary stop leading to my next assignment. When we submitted our assignment preferences—“dream sheets”—midway during the course, and I selected Germany as my first choice. I’d had my fill of Asia after a tour in Thailand and Vietnam, and I’d become ambivalent about the war. S. casualties continued to mount as the Paris peace talks dragged on. Moreover, I’d always dreamt of seeing Europe. Most of my buddies scoffed at me, believing that we were all headed back to Vietnam; they were about 98 percent correct.

Unfortunately, they weren’t hiring any infantry captains at the time. The following day our assignments were finalized and we drew our field gear and weapons. As it turned out, I never used much of the gear. Most of it, including the flak jacket, shelter half, Army-issue jungle hammock, protective mask, entrenching tool, and steel helmet, stayed in my duffle bag back in Can Tho during most of my tour. Rangers always travel light and fast, and the ARVN Rangers were no exception. Some items that I considered essential weren’t issued to us.

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