Stockdale retired to Coronado, California, as he slowly succumbed to Alzheimer's He died from the illness on July Stockdale's funeral service was held at the Naval Academy Chapel and he was buried at the United States Naval Academy Cemetery.
"You must never confuse faith that you will prevail in the end -- which you can never afford to lose -- with the discipline to confront the most brutal facts of your current reality, whatever they might be" James Stockdale wrote this. He was held for 71/2 years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam in a 3 x 9 foot cage. He was awarded 26 personal combat medals, including the Medal of Honor and four Silver Stars. His memory of college classes in Stoic philosophy help him cope as a prisoner