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Navy ship named after Stockdale

May 11, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

The Navy's newest guided missile destroyer was christened after a pilot who spent 7 1/2 years in captivity in North Vietnam, received the Medal of Honor and served as presidential candidate H. Ross Perot's running mate.

Four Medal of Honor recipients and seven former prisoners of war attended the ceremony at Bath Iron Works that marked a milestone in construction of the 9,200-ton ship named for Vice Adm. James Stockdale. His widow, Sybil, christened the ship.

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