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John McCain

John McCain, now a U.S. Senator from Arizona and a former candidate for president, was born on August 29, 1936. He is a veteran of the Vietnam war. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, finishing near the bottom of his class. He was a pilot, and he was shot down over Hanoi on October 26, 1967 during a bombing mission. It was his 23rd mission over North Vietnam. He was critically injured; both his arms, and one leg, were broken. He was taken prisoner; the civilians who grabbed him broke one of his shoulders with a rifle butt.

He was a POW in the "Hanoi Hilton" (by the way, Hilton Hotels now has a hotel in downtown Hanoi. No kidding) for a total of 5½ years. On July 4, 1968, only nine months after he was captured, he was offered a chance to be released. He turned it down ("with a string of obscenities," according to McCain himself), saying that there were other prisoners who had been there longer than he had, and unless they were released, he wouldn't go. McCain believed that he was being offered his release only because his father, Admiral Sidney McCain, Jr., was a high-ranking officer and the commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific.

It was after he refused to be released that his jailers began the torture and abuse. "I started every day with a beating," he recalls. One of the beatings left him with a broken arm. He was hung up by his arms for hours at a time. He spent two years in solitary confinement. Under duress, he finally signed a confession saying that he had committed "war crimes."

He was released in 1973.

That, my friends, is a man. Regardless of what you think about his politics ... that is a man.



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