BEYOND SURVIVAL: BUILDING ON THE HARD TIMES – A POW’S INSPIRING STORY
GERALD “JERRY” COFFEE IS A HIGHLY DECORATED U.S. NAVY CAPTAIN (RET.)
U. S. Navy (retired) Captain Gerald Coffee flew low-level reconnaissance missions over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis, which provided photographic proof of Soviet nuclear-tipped missiles, turning the tide of the dangerous Soviet – U.S. standoff. During the Vietnam War, Jerry was flying a combat mission off the USS Kittyhawk when he was shot down by North Vietnamese anti-aircraft guns. Immediately captured, he was held prisoner for over 7 years in the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’ communist prison where torture and solitary confinement were routine. His book, Beyond Survival, describes his experiences in gritty detail and his keynote talk has inspired thousands worldwide with a message of hope, faith, courage, and honor.