Last February, when I first touched foot on American soil, I was asked to make a few remarks on behalf of the ex-POW's who were embarked in the airplane with me. An ancient verse came to mind that best summerized my relief at dropping the mantle of leadership and responsiblity i had held during seven and a half years of inprisonment, four of them in solitary.
Stockdale, James B.
"Experiences as a POW in Vietnam,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 51
, Article 10.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol51/iss1/10