Though best remembered for his bumbling debate against Gore/Quayle in 1992, this article reveals how hard this mo-fo actually was. Dig in particular this quote:
Rather than allow himself to be used in a propaganda film, Stockdale smashed his face into a pulp with a mahogany stool.
"My only hope was to disfigure myself," Stockdale wrote in his 1984 autobiography "In Love and War." The ploy worked, but he spent the next two years in leg irons.
Sounds surprisingly like Actual God's flight from the KGB, back in 87... Ah, the good old days.