POW Champion Sybil Stockdale Dies At 90

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DoD photo by Daniel Liddicoet, U.S. Air Force

Sybil Stockdale, a long-time advocate for prisoners of war, has died at age 90. Her name is synonymous with the National League of POW/MIA Families, which she helped found after her husband was shot down and captured during the Vietnam War.


When it became apparent that prisoners were being mistreated, she worked with the league to lobby the American government to acknowledge these abuses and convince the North Vietnamese to abide by the Geneva Convention.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson called Stockdale a role model for Navy families, adding, “The time she spent mentoring Navy spouses and advancing family issues made our Navy and our nation stronger.”

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