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U.S. Senator John S. McCain (R-Arizona)

John Sidney McCain III

Panama Canal Zone, Other
Born 1936
Cornville, AR, United States
Died 2018


John S. McCain, III served his country with honor in the U.S. Navy during The Vietnam War rising to the rank of Captain. As a Navy aviator he was shot down over North Vietnam on October 27, 1967 and spent the next 5 1/2 years in captivity until his release on March 14, 1973. Like many of his fellow POW's he was tortured by his captors and unable to raise his arms above his head due to the injuries for the remainder of his life. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona serving from 1983-1987 and elected to the U.S. Senate serving from 1987 until his death on August 25, 2018. He was the Republican nominee for President in 2008. Among his military service awards were The Bronze Star, The Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart and The Prisoner of War medal.


Bronze Star Medal

Military Rank


Years of Service


Wars, Campaigns, & Battles

Vietnam War