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Stockdale, James Bond (23 Dec. 1923–5 July 2005), naval officer and defense intellectual, was born in Abingdon, Illinois to Vernon Beard Stockdale, a pottery factory executive, and Mabel Bond Stockdale, a teacher. After graduating from Abingdon High School in 1942, he took classes at Knox and Monmouth Colleges (both in Illinois) for a year and then enrolled at the US Naval Academy at the urging of his father, graduating a year early in ...

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Wilkinson, John (06 November 1821–29 December 1891), U.S. and Confederate naval officer, was born in Norfolk, Virginia, the son of Francis Coleman and Jesse Wilkinson, a U.S. naval officer. On 18 December 1837 Wilkinson was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy, and on 10 February 1838 he was assigned to the USS ...