From POW to...
He served in combat and was even a prisoner of war.
He was subsequently appointed to positions of authority and seemed destined for great things.
Then, he chose to be a priest, to care for the sick and for orphans, giving away everything he had: forsaking earthly glory and comfort for the glory of God.
While caring for plague victims, Saint Jerome Emiliani died of plague himself on this very day in 1537.
(from a previous post)