United States Senator John McCain

The United States Senator John McCain – 1936 to 2018

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, McCain was a presidential candidate twice, losing to Barack Obama in the 2008 election.

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

McCain was a pilot during the Vietnam War.  McCain was shot down in 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 in 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 immediately created national mourning 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 a prisoner during the Vietnam War and remained at odds with it 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.

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

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