Retired Navy Captain Joseph K. Taussig Jr. was known for his moxie in forcing the military to reduce the dangers pilots and sailors face.
It only made sense that to make his case, he once set a uniform on fire in his boss' office.
Indignant that pilots were being issued flammable flight suits while race car drivers could buy fireproof gear off the shelf, Captain Taussig marched in to see the secretary of the Navy. He took a pilot's suit, a fire-proof suit, and a blowtorch.
When the flame hit the fabric, his point was made.
Captain Taussig, who died in 1999, was a World War II hero who refused to leave his post during the attack on Pearl Harbor, even after his leg was shattered by Japanese fire.
He later became a legend for his innovative thinking. Today, he's credited with saving hundreds of lives by bucking the Navy bureaucracy.
Officials at the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis named their executive suite after him last week, saying Captain Taussig embodied their ideals.