Keep calm, and carry on

By any standards, James Stockdale (23 December 1923 – 5 July 2005) was an extraordinary man, and a true exemplar of the military spirit.

Born and raised in Abingdon, Illinois, he excelled at sports, won a regional piano competition, and graduated second in his high school class. He went on to the Naval Academy during World War II and after graduating in 1946, he reported to Pensacola for flight training.

Keep calm, and carry on