In 1967, Naval fighter pilot Captain Charlie Plumb climbed into the cockpit of his F4 Phantom onboard the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk. He had flown 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam and was five days from returning home to the United States. This was to be his last mission. Captain Plumb would not return to the carrier that day. Taken down by a surface to air missile, he would spend the next 5 ½ years routinely isolated and tortured as a prisoner of war.
Who knows more the about the cost of Freedom and the hard choices we need to make each and every day to earn that freedom, than those who have served in the face of danger in service for their country? Yet for someone who spent years as a POW, freedom has an especially deep meaning. What prison walls taught Captain Charlie Plumb is that no chains can prevent us from chosing each and every day who we want to be.