Charles Plumb was a US Naval Academy graduate, who flew jets in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, he was shot down by a surface-to-air missile. He ejected and parachuted into the jungle. The Viet Cong captured him and held him prisoner for six years in North Vietnam. After the Vietnam war concluded, Charles Plumb lectured on lessons learned from that experience.
One day, when he and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man came over and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb the former pilot.
“Well, because I packed your parachute!” he said. Plumb gasped in surprise. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!”
Plumb assured him it did. “If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”
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