My Heroes: Stanislaw Jerzy Lec Edition
I didn't know about him before today, but he is immediately catapulted into the pantheon:
After Nazi Germany's attack on the Soviet Union he was imprisoned in a German work camp in Ternopol, from which he made several attempts to escape. He received a death sentence for his second attempt to escape, but managed to escape again after killing his guard with a shovel when taken to dig his own grave. This became the subject of his most famous poem.
Then he went on to fight the Nazis as a partisan.
Would that I were 1/100th as awesome as that guy...