In the summer of 1960, two young men joined the ranks of the United States Naval Academy. Four years later they would both graduate and become naval pilots carrying out missions off aircraft carriers in Southeast Asia. Eventually, a week apart, each would be shot down over North Vietnam and each spend the next 5 1/2 years tortured, isolated and imprisoned as prisoners of war. They really came to know each other through tapping coded messages and stories about their lives and hopes to each other through their prison walls. To this day Captain Charlie Plumb and Captain Read Mecleary remain close friends.

There are great stories about choice in the world, stories that teach all of us, both military and civilian, about the power of the human spirit.

This is one of them.