So its slow at the office and I thought we’d exercise our brains a little. My question is “Who is the most impressive person you’ve ever met, and why?”
(This may be a little long) Way back (late 1980’s) when I was active duty we would have “red flag” exercises where we played war, shot guns, slept in tents, wore MOPP gear, and yelled “gas, gas, gas”. For a couple of years during these exercises, my Hospital commander would come out and talk about his experiences in Viet Nam. Now the good Colonel wasn’t any grunt back in Nam, he was a fighter pilot who was shot down and held as a POW in the Hanoi Hilton for 6 years. After he was found, they beat the shit out of him and stabbed him with bayonets and marched him off to Charlie. He told us how they beat him and other prisoners with bamboo and rubber hoses and all the other shit we have all read about. He talked about Jane Fonda and all the fucked up shit she did.
Now a lot of men survived that ordeal, but what I always liked about my CO was that when he was released after 6 years, the USAF asked him what he wanted to do. The SOB wanted to go to medical school and become a Dr. which he did, and then a Flight Surgeon, and then my Hospital CO.
Now this man has had an impact on me for most of my life after I separated. I went to college and when I was there I was obviously an older student but I just couldn’t seem to get worked up about my professors, they did not impress me, they did not intimidate me.
I have realized that over the years, this man has become my standard for who impresses me and who doesn’t. Few people have impressed me like he did.