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Charles Plumb

Vietnam Prisoner of War and Author, I'm No Hero

Vietnam Prisoner of War and Author, I'm No Hero

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Charles Plumb Biography

Captain Charlie Plumb has lived what he believes to be the American Dream. As a farm kid from Kansas, he fantasized about airplanes although he felt certain he would never have the opportunity to pilot one. It would be the United States Navy who afforded Plumb the opportunity to live out that dream.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Plumb completed Navy Flight Training and reported to Miramar Naval Air Station in San Diego where he flew the first adversarial flights in the development of what would be called The Navy Fighter Weapons School, currently known as “TOP GUN”. The next year, Plumb’s squadron the Aardvarks launched on the Aircraft Carrier USS Kitty Hawk with Fighter Squadron 114 to fly the Navy’s hottest airplane, the F-4 Phantom Jet. Code named “Plumber,” Charlie Plumb flew 74 successful combat missions over North Viet Nam and made 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, tortured and spent the next 2,103 days as a Prisoner Of War.

Following his repatriation, Plumb continued his Navy flying career in Reserve Squadrons where he flew A-4 Sky Hawks, A-7 Corsairs and FA-18 Hornets. His last two commands as a Naval Reservist were the on the Aircraft Carrier Corral Sea, and at a Fighter Air Wing in California. He retired from the United States Navy after 28 years of service.

To this day, Plumb continues to fly left-seat at every opportunity. He has personally owned 8 airplanes, the most treasured being a World War II PT-19 Open-Cockpit Antique. He currently owns a Rutan-designed experimental single-engine Long-Eze.

Military Aircraft Flown: T-34 Mentor, T-2 Buckeye, F-9 Cougar, F-11 Tiger, F-4 Phantom, A-4 Sky Hawk, A-7 Corsair, FA-18 Hornet, F-16 Falcon

Aircraft Carrier Assignments: USS Constellation, USS Lexington, USS Oriskany, USS Kitty Hawk, USS Coral Sea, USS Abraham Lincoln

Medals and Decorations: Silver Star, 2 Purple Hearts, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, POW Medal, Air Medals, Combat Action, Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign, Service Medal

Charles Plumb Speaking Topics

  • Strength To Succeed

    One of the most sought after achievement and motivational speakers of our time, Captain Plumb's experience as a Vietnam Prisoner of War is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. He relates his six year stay in the Hanoi Hilton to challenges of everyday life with the firm assertion that, "Adversity is a horrible thing....TO WASTE!" He challenges every audience to use their "Power of Choice" in response to all situations whether professional or personal.

    In addition to his Keynote presentations, Seminars, Workshops and Safety Stand-down lectures, he has been listed as a Continuing Education Faculty Member with the Veterans Administration, Harvard Medical, Professional Trade Associations and a number of hospitals throughout the country.

    As his numerous awards for Speaking/Training/Presenting prove, Captain Plumb is prepared to tailor make the perfect message to fill your precise needs. After hearing his presentation, your group will want to believe more, achieve more and be more in every facet of life.

  • Your Safety Journey

    Captain Plumb sees opportunities where others might see roadblocks. One of the most effective and dynamic motivational safety speakers in the country, Plumb illustrates the importance of embracing safety as a cornerstone to company morale, production and profitability. He is an expert at incorporating company jargon and industry buzzwords to reach the hearts and minds of each audience.

    Whether your company is focusing on accident prevention, hazard recognition or risk assessment or if your meeting points are centered on injury and frequency rates, bad or good Charlie Plumb's presentation will be as he is, sincere, straightforward, humorous and tailored to your specific needs.

    For 30+ years, Captain Plumb has been a part of safety conferences, safety stand-downs, safety awards banquets, workshops, seminars and retreats. He has presented to hundreds of companies, thousands of employees and all levels of management in industries across the board, privately owned companies, military and government

    "Safety is not a program," says Plumb, "It's a culture and attitude is the secret to better safety!".

  • Tough Choices in Challenging Times

    Charlie Plumb's presentation deals with challenges: his . . . and yours. In an upbeat, impactive manner, Plumb draws upon his POW experience (of nearly six years) to demonstrate how to turn adversity into assets in a highly competitive marketplace: in business or in your personal life. Adept at tailoring his message to seamlessly fit your objectives • Charlie penetrates the hearts and minds of the audience and focuses on methods people can use to break free from their own prisons...prisons created by blaming others, fear of failure and self-pity.

Charles Plumb Videos

Charles Plumb Books

  • I'm No Hero: A POW Story as Told to Glen DeWerff
    I'm No Hero: A POW Story as Told to Glen DeWerff

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  • What topics does Charles Plumb speak about?

    Charles Plumb is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Astronauts, Authors, Business, Inspirational, Military, Motivational.
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Charles Plumb is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Strength To Succeed, Your Safety Journey and Tough Choices in Challenging Times. The estimated speaking fee range to book Charles Plumb for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Charles Plumb generally travels from CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Charlie Plumb, Rob Waldo Waldman, Alden Mills, Carey Lohrenz and Becky Halstead. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charles Plumb for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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