Cherry-Halyburton POW

Cherry-Halyburton POW

Why should stories such as Cherry-Halyburton POW be shared among Senior Enlisted Leaders?  Which values mentioned in this story might help you to be a better leader?

Values Honor, courage and commitment should be mentioned in his story, but I would point out “courage”

Here is something about him below:

During a combat mission on October 22, 1965, Cherry’s F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber was shot down over North Vietnam. Cherry ejected and landed with a broken ankle and wrist, and a crushed shoulder. He was immediately captured by North Vietnamese militia.

Cherry was the first and highest ranking black officer among U.S. Prisoners of War during the Vietnam War. According to Cherry, his North Vietnamese captors wanted him to make public statements about racial intolerance in the United States, but he refused. As a result, Cherry spent 702 days in solitary confinement and was tortured or placed in punishment for 93 days in a row. Cherry’s jailers placed U.S. pilot Ensign Porter Halyburton, a Southern white man, in Cherry’s cell in the hopes that the two men would become antagonists. Instead, the two pilots helped each other to survive confinement and became very good friends. After seven years as a prisoner of war, Cherry was released from captivity on February 12, 1973.[4] Cherry told the story of his POW’s experience to Wallace Terry