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Posts Tagged ‘courage’

Gallery of the Intrepid – WWII Edition

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

– Wiccapundit

Hollywood has run out of original ideas.  Maybe someone should make a movie about Witold Pilecki. Ah, it’ll never happen.  His exploits are so immense, no producer in Tinseltown would touch it; they’d think it too improbable.

Improbable or not, they’re certainly true.  Rather than try to summarize, I suggest you follow this link to the article at This Ain’t Hell for the full story of a man with balls so large, they produced gravity.

Just mind-blowing.


Gallery of the Intrepid: Absolutely amazing.

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

Just a reminder of what the human mind and spirit are capable of.

Seaman Doug Hegdahl was blown overboard from a U.S. Navy cruiser in the Tonkin Gulf in 1967.   He was picked up from the water and sent to the infamous Hanoi Hilton.  He used his youth, country accent, and bumpkin demeanor to convince the North Vietnamese that he was an idiot instead of a spy or commando.  They so despaired of teaching him to read and write (which he lied and averred he could not do) to aid in their using him in their propaganda attempts that they called him “The Incredibly Stupid One.”

As a consequence, he was given pretty much free run of the camp.  He used this access to learn the names, capture dates, methods of capture, and personal information on 256 POWs in the camp.  He did this by memorizing the information to the tune of “Old MacDonald Had A Farm.”  He also convinced his captors that he needed glasses, and memorized the route from the camp to Hanoi, where he was taken for fitting.  In 1969, he was ordered by the senior U.S. commander in the camp to accept early release by the North Vietnamese (in a PR move) in order to convey the intelligence concerning the POWs back to the U.S. government.

He is still able to repeat this information to this day.

Oh, yeah, he managed to disabled 5 enemy trucks while a captive by surreptitiously putting dirt in their gas tanks.

Badass.  He certainly rates a significantly high milli-Bronson number.

In a just world, movies would be made about heroes like Doug Hegdahl, not about murdering swine like Che Guevara.


Gallery Of The Intrepid – Wow. I mean, just, Wow. edition

Friday, April 13th, 2012

– Wiccapundit

There are times when I’d like to take every lefty moron who waxes enthusiastically about the beauty of Communism and drop them in a North Korean political prison camp for just a week.  Not the 23 years that Shin Dong-hyuk endured, after being the only known person born in a prison camp who later escaped to the West.  For him, freedom was “just another word for grilled meat.”

What do most of us in the West complain about?  “There’s nothing on TV.”  “These fries are cold, dammit.”  “Man, I don’t feel like going to work today.”  “I can’t believe ______ didn’t win American Idol.”

How about if I cook this pork I stole, the guards will know and come and beat me and put me on half-rations, so I better eat it raw.

We know nothing of true privation, and most Americans are utterly cavalier about the freedom they possess living in the United States.  Oh, and what was Mr. Shin’s crime?  Two of his brothers had  defected to the South during the Korean War.

Shin’s memoir, “Escape From Camp 14,” should be required reading in every university, no, every high school in the country.

(h/t Ace)


Gallery of the Intrepid – A Father’s Love

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

– Wiccapundit

How many of us can say we have courage?  Not the faux “moral courage” often bleated about by celebrities when they make a movie about an unpopular figure, but REAL courage?

This man had it:

His name is Thomas Vander Woude, and he gave his life in the most horrifying way, in order to save his son.  Here is the story, as told on Ann Barnhardt‘s site:

On September 8, 2008 Thomas Vander Woude, age 66, was working in his back yard with his seventh and youngest child, Joseph. “Josie” was 20 years old at the time, and did everything with his Dad. Josie was born with Down Syndrome. After finishing up cleaning the family’s swimming pool, Josie walked through the back yard toward his Dad who was also doing yard work. When Josie stepped on the 2X2 foot cover to their septic tank, the cover collapsed and Josie fell into the nearly-full, eight-foot deep tank. Thomas saw this and immediately ran over to the tank. He tried to pull the panicked Josie out, but couldn’t. Thomas Vander Woude then slipped himself into the septic tank to help his son. A workman who was at their house at the time saw what happened and told Mrs. Vander Woude who called 911 immediately. Both the workman and Mrs. Vander Woude then ran outside to help. Thomas was in the tank, treading the sewage, trying to lift Josie up so that the workman and his wife could get a grasp on him and lift him out. It wasn’t working. Thomas Vander Woude then made the decision to take his last breath on this earth, dove under the surface of the sewage and pinned himself under his son so that Josie’s head was above the surface and he could breathe until the rescue crews arrived. Thomas Vander Woude drowned without struggling in human sewage saving the life of his developmentally disabled son. His last moments were in the total blackness of the bottom of a septic tank, with a combination of urine, feces and wastewater rushing into his mouth, down his windpipe and into his lungs.

Thomas Vander Woude spent his lasts moments on Earth with his head submerged beneath something like this:


Because he loved his son more than he loved his own life.

That is courage, and that is love.




Gallery of the Intrepid

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

– Wiccapundit

From the archives of AOPA, the Aircraft Owner’s and Pilot’s Association, comes this story of a man who didn’t let a life-changing accident stop him from fulfilling his lifelong dream.

Logan Flood was a commercial cargo pilot building time toward his goal of becoming an airline pilot.  He suffered second- and third-degree burns over most of his body after an early-morning crash in icy weather.  He lost all or part of every finger of his right hand, and his contact lenses had melted onto his eyes.  He was given a 13% chance of living, but he survived and recovered from his injuries.

He resumed flight instructing six years after the accident, but believed that flying for the airlines was out of the question.   When one of his flight students encouraged him to try anyway, he obtained a “statement of demonstrated ability” medical waiver from the FAA, and applied to several airlines.

He now flies regional jets for Republic Airlines.  His flame-scarred face sometimes causes people to stare at him in airport terminals.  But some people do understand:

A flight attendant told him one passenger took her aside to ask whether Flood had been injured in an aircraft accident.

When the flight attendant said yes, the passenger asked her to relay a message.

“Tell him he’s got guts,” the passenger said. “Tell him I admire him.”

I’d fly with him any day.