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The 25 Most Incredible Survival Stories of All Time

The 25 Most Incredible Survival Stories of All Time

Our survival expert runs down the 25 most incredible survival stories.
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from bberg7794 5/31/2011 at 12:03pm

I was also going to mention Captain Bligh and the remaining 18 non-mutineer crew members of the HMS Bounty, who sailed 3618 nautical miles in a 23 foot open boat with very minimal provisions. They survived for 47 days on the open sea.

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from GuyGene 5/23/2011 at 11:58am

Great stories: there are many more that could be included, but two that I think are incredible are:

1. Simon Kenton, who was captured by Shawnees in Kentucky/Ohio - the only man to ever be condemned by Shawnees who was not killed. His story is incredible!

2. Daniel Boone - similar to Kenton's, and more popular for sure. He was definitely one of the most incredible men to have ever lived!

Then, there is Deter Dengler, also Vietnam vet who flew off of my ship, U.S.S. Coral Sea, shot down, and the only man to ever escape from Vietnam prison camp.

And, last, my own Dad! He had no incredible stories, except that he knew how to survive! I have often said of him, he would have been one of the only survivors in plane crash, etc. It was just in him...

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from Western23 5/18/2011 at 10:37pm

It's bad enough to survive a POW camp when you are in 100% good shape, but after knowing what Sen. John McCain went through "Hanoi Jane" Fonda should have had her US Citizenship stripped away from her. I for one have no idea how McCain survived, but I do know he loved the USA and served in the USN in a terrible "conflict" back in the '60's. God Bless you Senator for your service to your contry. He was a mess when he landed that's an understatement.

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from magnacasa 5/14/2011 at 12:03pm

Abby Sunderland does not really belong in this gallery. Two days adrift on a fully supplied boat? That is not "incredible." You missed the story about the captain and officers of the HMS Bounty, who survived a journey across thousands of miles in an overcrowded lifeboat.

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from Buckskinner 5/6/2011 at 01:27pm

Ooops wrong photo for #18

Your photo for John Colter is the scowling mug of Major John Wesly Powell.
A surviver in his own right!

He commanded the exploration of the Colorado, Green Rivers, and in the Rocky Mountains for the USGS.
All while missing an arm from the civil war battle wound.

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from Buckskinner 5/6/2011 at 01:27pm

Ooops wrong photo for #18

Your photo for John Colter is the scowling mug of Major John Wesly Powell.
A surviver in his own right!

He commanded the exploration of the Colorado, Green Rivers, and in the Rocky Mountains for the USGS.
All while missing an arm from the civil war battle wound.

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from magnacasa 5/14/2011 at 12:03pm

Abby Sunderland does not really belong in this gallery. Two days adrift on a fully supplied boat? That is not "incredible." You missed the story about the captain and officers of the HMS Bounty, who survived a journey across thousands of miles in an overcrowded lifeboat.

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from Western23 5/18/2011 at 10:37pm

It's bad enough to survive a POW camp when you are in 100% good shape, but after knowing what Sen. John McCain went through "Hanoi Jane" Fonda should have had her US Citizenship stripped away from her. I for one have no idea how McCain survived, but I do know he loved the USA and served in the USN in a terrible "conflict" back in the '60's. God Bless you Senator for your service to your contry. He was a mess when he landed that's an understatement.

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from GuyGene 5/23/2011 at 11:58am

Great stories: there are many more that could be included, but two that I think are incredible are:

1. Simon Kenton, who was captured by Shawnees in Kentucky/Ohio - the only man to ever be condemned by Shawnees who was not killed. His story is incredible!

2. Daniel Boone - similar to Kenton's, and more popular for sure. He was definitely one of the most incredible men to have ever lived!

Then, there is Deter Dengler, also Vietnam vet who flew off of my ship, U.S.S. Coral Sea, shot down, and the only man to ever escape from Vietnam prison camp.

And, last, my own Dad! He had no incredible stories, except that he knew how to survive! I have often said of him, he would have been one of the only survivors in plane crash, etc. It was just in him...

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from bberg7794 5/31/2011 at 12:03pm

I was also going to mention Captain Bligh and the remaining 18 non-mutineer crew members of the HMS Bounty, who sailed 3618 nautical miles in a 23 foot open boat with very minimal provisions. They survived for 47 days on the open sea.

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