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February 16, 2014
Lee Ellis
Author, "Leading with Honor"
Lee Ellis BIO:
Lee Ellis was born in Athens, Georgia and received a B.A. in history from the University of Georgia. From Troy State University he received an M.S. in counseling and human development. He was awarded two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star with Valor, the Purple Heart and POW medal. He served in the Air Force for 24 ˝ years before retiring as a Colonel. Ellis is now a leadership consultant and author. He and his wife, Mary, have four children and six grandchildren, and live near Atlanta.

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Info: Our guest is former Air Force pilot and Vietnam war prisoner, Lee Ellis. He is the author of a book titled “Leading With Honor: Leadership Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton.” Ellis shares his past experiences as a POW. He discusses how he and his fellow prisoners were tortured, malnourished, and bombarded with propaganda while being detained for “five years, four months, and two weeks.” He describes in detail the events of the day that his plane was shot down and he was captured. Ellis recounts that during the first few months in prison, he was “scared and cold.” He also shares recollections of the heroic deeds performed by Brigadier Gen. Robbie Risner, Vice Admiral James Stockdale, Paul Galanti, and Jeremiah Denton. Ellis gives insight to the lessons on leadership, loyalty, faith, and forgiveness that was forged into the soldiers during their detainment. He talks about how the POW’s entertained themselves by naming the guards and turning events into humorous stories. Ellis also reveals that he will be visiting Hanoi later this year for the first time since his release from prison camp.

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