"CAPING THE TICO"

BY WILLIAM S. PHILLIPS

Autographed by James B. Stockdale, Vice Admiral, United States Navy, Retired.

L/E of 950. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 29 1/8" x 21 1/16"

Price: $275


During three days in August, 1964, Commander James B. Stockdale led the first American air attacks against North Vietnam, flying F-8 Crusaders from the deck of the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ticonderoga. His Fighter Squadron 51 also flew protective Combat Air Patrols (CAPs) above that vessel.

By February, 1965, Stockdale had been reassigned to the U.S.S. Oriskany as Carrier Wing Commander. On September 9, 1965, Commander Stockdale was shot down near Thanh Hoa. From that day until February 12, 1973, Stockdale was the senior naval officer in the Prisoner of War camps of North Vietnam - leading an organized resistance by all POWs against enemy interrogation and torture. For his "..conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his own life above and beyond the call of duty," he was awarded the United States' highest combat decoration, the Medal of Honor.

"This print honors a great American hero, but I also hope it communicates the exhilaration of flying from an aircraft carrier and the courage and sacrifice shown by those who gave their best no matter the odds or cost."