40 years ago today, Lt. Commander John McCain, USN, was shot down on a combat mission over Hanoi. As the son of then-CINCPAC Admiral McCain, John was subjected to even more torture and humiliation than the other prisoners at the infamous ‘Hanoi Hilton’. Commander McCain served five and a half years as a prisoner, several times refusing to leave before prisoners who were shot down before him. John McCain’s service during his captivity represents the finest traditions and honor of the United States Navy, and whatever one thinks of his politics and stature to run for the office of President, he is indisputably one of our finest heroes from the Vietnam era.
Thank you, John McCain, for your service and for your sacrifice. May the nation you love never forget, nor cheapen, all you have done for her.