Captain Charlie Plumb: Winning Through Adversity
Lessons from A Navy Fighter Pilot and P.O.W
Captain Charlie Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with only five days before he was to return home, Plumb was shot down, captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8 foot x 8 foot cell. He spent the next 2,103 days as a prisoner of war (POW) in communist war prisons.
During his nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb distinguished himself among his fellow prisoners as a professional in underground communications, and served for two of those years as the chaplain in his camp.
Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were aboard the USS Corral Sea, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.
Charlie Plumb recently appeared on the Empower America Hour, with host Phil R. Taylor to share his story. You can listen to the full interview below: