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An Autobiography “PIVOTAL MOMENTS” the Book, is the remarkable life story of a young boy and man from a small town in Kansas. Phil Morrison in 1963, at the age of 17 joins the Navy to be with his brother in Fighter Squadron VF-51. The commander of VF-51 then was Commander James Bond Stockdale. Commander Stockdale would go on to be a P.O.W., and to earn the nation’s highest honor, the “Congressional Medal Of Honor”. Stockdale would retire with the rank of Vice Admiral and be buried at Annapolis upon his passing in 2005. Commander Stockdale and Phil Morrison would share some unique experiences including a “Night in History” leading up to the escalation of the Vietnam war. Phil and then Vice Admiral Stockdale would be in contact with each other again in 1992 when Stockdale would be selected as an “Interim VP Running Mate” for Ross Perot’s run for the presidency. Phil would deploy with VF-51 aboard the U.S.S. TICONDEROGA CVA-14 for two Vietnam era cruises. On the 65-66 cruise Phil's Avionics Officer would be Lt. Commander Ronald Evans. Evans would go on to be an Apollo Astronaut. Join or relive the 1964 & 65-66 Vietnam war era Westpac Cruises on the USS Ticonderoga CVA-14 through the eyes of a young man from Kansas as he steps into history." Phil's book is endorsed by Jim Stockdale II as a "must read" for people from all walks of life. Skip and I were a part of Tonkin Gulf history on the night of August 4, 1964. He flew lead plane attacking the PT boats who were supposedly attacking the Turner Joy and Maddox. I was on cap watch for the Electric Shop that night when he came in from the sortie. As Skip got down from the plane I asked him if his lights, instruments etc. were OK? He said yes. It was very early morning the storm had quieted down and as we walked away I could tell Skip was upset as he slapped his helmet and said something to the effect of "I shot at every coordinate they gave me, no wakes, no boats, nothing, I didn't see a damn thing!” I had no idea that I was now witnessing Viet Nam War history and it would be of the wrong kind. I was on 3 WestPac Cruises, on 3 different carriers, (mainly the Tico) and all of this happened before I turned 21. I am now 66 years old and have written a book about my life. It started out as a tribute to my Skipper James Bond Stockdale, and turned into a years labor of love with stories of Skip that are unique from any other written about him.