Via Arts & Letters Daily , a little known story of real heroism from a different time. A taste:
Beijing’s capture, imprisonment, and eventual release of CIA officers
John T. Downey and Richard G. Fecteau is an amazing story that too few
know about today. Shot down over Communist China on their first
operational mission in 1952, these young men spent the next two decades
imprisoned, often in solitary confinement, while their government
officially denied they were CIA officers. Fecteau was released in 1971,
Downey in 1973. They came home to an America vastly different from the
place they had left, but both adjusted surprisingly well and continue
to live full lives.
Read the whole thing and reflect on the courage and tenacity of these two men.