With 26 aerial victories, Eddie was America’s most successful fighter ace in the war. By his own count he survived 135 brushes with death during his Medal of Honor winning career. Here is what he said 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 RickenbackerAmerican fighter ace in WWI

Quote Source: Dale Carnegie’s Scrapbook