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A testament to the strength of the human spirit, Charles Plumb endured the most extreme hardship and used the experience to transform his life in a profound way.
As a farm kid from a small town in Kansas, Captain Plumb fantasized about airplanes; he never dreamed that he might, one day, have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy that afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.
Captain Charles Plumb graduated from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland in 1964. In November 1965, Plumb earned his Navy Wings, becoming a United States Naval Aviator. From this, Plumb reported to Miaramar Naval Air Station in San Diego. There, he made his mark helping to develop the Navy Fighter Weapons School, more commonly known today as “TOP GUN.”
His next appointment was to the Aircraft Carrier Kitty Hawk where he was assigned one of the Navy’s hottest jets, the F-4 Phantom. Captain Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam and made well over 100 carrier landings. On his 75th mission, just five days before the end of his tour, Plumb was shot down over Hanoi, taken prisoner, starved, tortured repeatedly, and survived the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner of War, until he was released on February 18, 1973.
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.
Since his return home, more than 5,000 audiences in nearly every industry have been spellbound as Captain Charlie Plumb draws parallels between his P.O.W. experience and the challenges of everyday life. He has shared his message to an even wider public through appearances on Good Morning America, Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC with Thomas Roberts, “The Seventies” with Wolf Blitzer, CNN New Day with Chris Cuomo, Yahoo! News with Bianna Golodryga, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
One of the most sought-after achievement speakers of his time, Charlie Plumb’s presentations are as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous, and tailored to motivate each specific audience he encounters. His insights on how to cope with the difficulties as well as the opportunities in life have a positive impact on those who hear his message, those who read his books, and those who come to know him as a friend.
Captain Plumb’s Military honors include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, (2) Purple Hearts, and the P.O.W. Medal.
You can read more about his life here.
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Technical Support / Set-Up Requirements
– Minimum of 8×8
– Preferably hard-surfaced
– No podium please
– Focused on center stage – from the center/back of the room
Our speaker today is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, a former jet fighter pilot, and a combat veteran with 74 successful missions over Vietnam.
In addition, he helped start the “top gun” school in Miramar, California.
Captain Plumb was shot down over enemy territory on his 75th combat mission, just 5 days before he was scheduled to return home.
He ejected from his F-4 Phantom Jet, parachuted into enemy hands, was taken prisoner, tortured, and survived nearly 6 years in communist prison camps.
He has returned to share his story of winning through adversity to more than 5,000 audiences in this country and around the world.
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To get a better feel for what this man went through, let’s watch this video.
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Thank you so much for your most inspiring, courageous and informative presentation. Your speech was the most inspiring one I have ever heard, and I’ve heard numerous – including Lou Holtz and Al Mcguirre. Your long-lasting impact will be tremendous. The entire group was absolutely spellbound with you and your persona. You, Captain Plumb, are more than a motivational speaker, you are a Motivation at the highest human level. Thank you for being a great American and a True-HERO.
Our conference evaluation results are back and you hit a home run! You are the only agenda segment ranked with both “High Importance” and “High Satisfaction.” The entire group gave “High Five’s” to our keynote speaker, Charlie Plumb, for his moving and inspirational presentation.
Captain Charlie Plumb is truly an extraordinary speaker with a wonderfully effective delivery and powerful content. I was particularly impressed by how well he established metaphors between his POW experience and the challenges faced by business leaders. It strikes me that virtually everyone I know would benefit from his message: executives, leaders, teachers, doctors, nurses, even lawyers. We all need to be reminded about the important things in life, and how vital it is to manage our own destinies.
Your motivational message and emotional impact on our audience was exceptional! We believe that each and every one of our 300+ attendees took a message with them that will be forever embedded in their hearts and minds. Your message was delivered with amazing intensity – no words can explain. You are the first motivational-type speaker we have hosted at this Semi-Annual Summit and because of your strong message and polished delivery, we will continue to consider speakers similar speakers to you. (If they exist!)