R.I.P. Entrepreneur H. Ross Perot

Ross Perot, self-made billionaire, patriot and philanthropist, dies at 89

His story was in more than one book I’ve read over the decades.

How can you not admire someone who organized

… a strike team that rescued two of his EDS employees from an Iranian prison in 1979.

Perot assembled the commando team of seven EDS employee volunteers, trained and led by Arthur “Bull” Simons, that freed Paul Chiapparone and Bill Gaylord from Tehran’s Qasr Prison.

Perot personally oversaw the mission, flying to Tehran during the planning phase and greeting the rescued employees and raiders when they arrived in Istanbul.

That daring rescue became the basis for Ken Follett’s 1983 nonfiction thriller, On Wings of Eagles. NBC later made a TV miniseries about the mission.

Rest in peace.

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