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~ Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 5 ~
As stated above, being a leader means placing ourselves at risk and putting the interest of others before our own. One of the most inspirational and courageous shows of personal sacrifice is that of naval officer James Stockdale. One of the most highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Navy, Stockdale was the highest-ranking officer held as a prisoner of war in Vietnam from 1965 to 1973. His example of moral courage during his imprisonment earned him the Congressional Medal of Honor. (Wikipedia)
The YouTube video Moral Courage: An Evening in Honor Vice Admiral Stockdale (a multi-part video) features the Stockdale story. Few individuals would risk self harm to do the right thing to resist interrogation and sabotage Vietnamese propaganda efforts. His leadership to develop a prison underground and establish of a code of conduct for fellow prisoners undoubtedly eased the torture of fellow prisoners.
Do you have the moral courage to do the right thing?
- United States Naval Academy - Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
- Vice Admiral Stockdale biography and link to video series
- "Moral Courage: An Evening in Honor of Vice Admiral Stockdale" playlist
(Only two of the videos in the series are embbed. The other videos are tributes from Stockdale's men and words from Stockdale himself.)