With 26 aerial victories, Eddie Rickenbacker was the United States most successful fighter pilot during World War I. Based on his personal account, Rickenbacker survived 135 brushes with death during his Medal of Honor winning career. Here is what he had to say about death.
“No one should fear death. I know, because I have come face to face with death several times. It is really a pleasant experience.
You seem to hear beautiful music and everything is mellow and sweet and serene; no struggle, no terror, just calmness and beauty. When death comes, you will find it to be one of the easiest and most blissful experiences you have ever had.”
– Eddie Rickenbacker, American fighter ace in WWI
Quote Source: Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook