Captain Charlie Plumb spent six years as a Prisoner of War where he established himself in underground communications and as a camp chaplain to fellow prisoners. Charlie’s presentations draw similarities between his experience as a P.O.W and what people experience as everyday life challenges. It takes the same strategies to get past type of challenge, as it’s just the depth of the challenge that changes.
Charlie, a graduate of the Naval Academy at Annapolis, flew the F-4 Phantom jet on 74 successful combat missions over North Vietnam. He was to return home in five days when he went on his 75th mission. His plane was shot down. He was captured, tortured, and imprisoned in an 8-foot x 8-foot cell for the next 2,103 days.
Charlie has spoken to more than 4,000 audience attendees in a variety of industries, leaving them spellbound as he shares his message of facing daily challenges. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, Nightline, Larry King Live, and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
He has insights about how to cope and find opportunities to affect those who hear him positively. An author and a friend, Charlie presents his message with sincere, directness and humour with customization for every specific audience.
Charlie’s military honors include two Purple Hearts, the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and the P.O, W. Medal.