Senator John McCain (1936-2018) – legal name, John Sidney McCain III, is an American politician and hero.  McCain is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy (1958) following his father and grandfather as achieving the rank of four-star Navy general.  Additionally, most impressively, McCain was a presidential candidate twice loosing to Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

McCain’s accomplishment exceeds the objective of this page, but we will reference the important achievements for best visitor experience and to honor this American hero.

McCain was a pilot during the Vietnam War.  McCain was shot down 1967 and held as a prisoner of war until 1973 experiencing torture leaving him with physical disabilities lasting his lifetime.  McCain retired from the Navy in 1981 moving to Arizona.

After retirement McCain entered politics being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms and then the U.S. Senate in 1987 winning five elections.  The last election was 2016.

McCain is known and respected for his conservative principles and was referenced as the “maverick” because of his will to disagree with his party and their principles when McCain felt it was necessary.

Regrettably, McCain died Saturday, August 25, 2018 at age 81 at his ranch in Arizona.  His death has struck the nation with grief and creating an immediate national mourning immediately upon release of his passing with presidents and lawmakers lauding for McCain’s devotion to the country.

President Trump, who had previously criticized McCain for being taken as prisoner during the Vietnam War and remained at odds with until the passing, recognized and tweeted “deepest sympathies and respect” to McCain’s family.

The First Lady, Melania Trump thanked McCain for his service to the nation, including more than five years as a prisoner of war and six-terms in the U.S. Senate.

Public comments have been made by former presidents including George W. Bush, whom is expected to speak at the funeral service, Barack Obama, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell who called McCain a “fascinating personality.”  Additionally, former VP Joe Biden, whom was a friend , stated that McCain’s passing will “cast a long shadow.”

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