One probably doesn't usually associate embroidery with a war hero, but Tony Casdagli, a soldier held in a Nazi prison camp until 1945, kept sane by stitching subversive anti-Nazi messages in morse code into his stitchery. Some of the messages he wrote were "God save the king" and "F--- Hitler".
He would even send stitched letters back home to his son, who says that embroidery saved his father's sanity while he was being held prisoner of war.
The Nazi officers, unaware of the real meanings behind Casdagli's stitching, even had him teach a class of embroidery, with his anti-Nazi embroidery hanging on the wall.
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Source: the Guardian