Joseph Charles Plumb Jr.
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|Joseph Charles Plumb Jr.|
November 3, 1942|
Gary, Indiana, U.S.
|Other names||Charlie Plumb|
|Occupation||Author, motivational speaker, safety lecturer, ex-POW, volunteer, pilot, sailor, world traveler|
Joseph Charles Plumb Jr. (born November 3, 1942), also known as Charlie Plumb, is a former Navy Fighter Pilot captain and an ex-POW (Prisoner of war) turned author and motivational speaker.
Early life and education
Born on November 3, 1942, in Gary, Indiana during World War II, he was raised in a three-room home in rural Kansas, with no indoor plumbing until he was 11. His father, Joseph Charles Plumb, Sr. was a carpenter, his mom, a homemaker. The family moved to Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb, in 1956. Plumb graduated from Shawnee-Mission High School at the age of 17.
Charlie Plumb graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1964. He earned his Navy Wings of Gold in 1966 and went on to fly the F-4 Phantom jet with fighter squadron VF-114. He was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Kittyhawk and flew 74 successful combat missions over Vietnam. On his 75th mission, with five days before he was to return home, his plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile, resulting in his capture and torture. He spent a total of 2,103 days as a POW in North Vietnamese prison camps.
During the nearly six years of captivity, Charlie Plumb was distinguished among his fellow prisoners for his creative methods of underground communication. He also served for two years as the camp chaplain.
Upon returning home, Plumb continued to fly A-4 Skyhawks, A-7 Corsairs and F/A-18 Hornets in Navy Reserve squadrons. His last commands as a Naval Reservist were aboard the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea, and with a Fighter Air Wing in Lemoore, California. After 31 years of service, Plumb retired from the Navy with the rank of captain.
After his repatriation, Plumb became an Author and Professional Speaker, sharing his POW experiences with audiences around the world. One of his signature messages describes the chance meeting with the sailor who packed his parachute, which ultimately saved his life. Captain Plumb continues to receive media coverage as he represents his fellow POWs and their return with honor.
Captain Charlie Plumb has been awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, 2 Purple Hearts, Legion of Merit and the POW Medal for his service and attained the rank of captain in the Naval reserve.
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