Milestones: 12 Years Ago In TIME

Jessica Lynch is hardly the first American to have suffered in captivity. TERRY ANDERSON made TIME's cover when he was released after being held for more than six years by the Islamic Jihad.

What is the best unit of measure for courage? Is it registered in the 2,455 days lost, the countless millions of ribbons tied, the prayers asked, the letters sent, the rumors of death, the hopes dashed and then raised again? Where did he find the generosity of spirit to smile when he walked out of captivity into a roomful of colleagues and told them, "You can't imagine how...

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