Remembering John McCain

Published August 29th, 2018 - 07:49 GMT

John McCain was an American politician and military officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his death in 2018. He previously served two terms in the United States House of Representatives and was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election.

During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. While on a bombing mission during Operation Rolling Thunder over Hanoi in October 1967, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese.

 

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Visitors pause to look at a photograph of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Visitors pause to look at a photograph of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

The state of Arizona is mourning the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain who died on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AFP)

The state of Arizona is mourning the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain who died on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AFP)

A man in the lobby of Senator John McCain's former office building watches a Fox News report as flowers and balloons from a makeshift memorial located outside the building are reflected in the building's glass window. (Robyn Beck / AFP)

A man in the lobby of Senator John McCain's former office building watches a Fox News report as flowers and balloons from a makeshift memorial located outside the building are reflected in the building's glass window. (Robyn Beck / AFP)

A flag is placed at the base of the tombstone of US Navy admiral Charles "Chuck" Larson at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 24, 2018, near where US Senator John McCain will be laid to rest next. (AFP)

A flag is placed at the base of the tombstone of US Navy admiral Charles "Chuck" Larson at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 24, 2018, near where US Senator John McCain will be laid to rest next. (AFP)

A handwritten note is seen at a makeshift memorial remembering Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. (Robyn Beck / AFP)

A handwritten note is seen at a makeshift memorial remembering Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. (Robyn Beck / AFP)

A passerby is reflected in glass as he collects himself before a makeshift memorial to Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. McCain, a two-time US presidential candidate and war hero, passed away August 25 at the age of 81.  (Robyn Beck / AFP)

A passerby is reflected in glass as he collects himself before a makeshift memorial to Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. McCain, a two-time US presidential candidate and war hero, passed away August 25 at the age of 81. (Robyn Beck / AFP)

Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial for U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) outside of the A.L. Moore Grimshaw mortuary on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)

Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial for U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) outside of the A.L. Moore Grimshaw mortuary on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)

An impromptu memorial of flowers and a U.S. Navy officers hat stands outside of the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

An impromptu memorial of flowers and a U.S. Navy officers hat stands outside of the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)

Senator John McCain is remembered during a moment of silence before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (AFP)

Senator John McCain is remembered during a moment of silence before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (AFP)

A message honoring U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is displayed on a billboard on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)

A message honoring U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is displayed on a billboard on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh pays repect to the late US Senator John McCain during a memorial tribute at the US embassy in Hanoi on August 27, 2018.  (Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh pays repect to the late US Senator John McCain during a memorial tribute at the US embassy in Hanoi on August 27, 2018. (Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)

Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain speaks at a campaign rally at the airport in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. (Robyn BECK / AFP)

Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain speaks at a campaign rally at the airport in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. (Robyn BECK / AFP)

Visitors pause to look at a photograph of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
The state of Arizona is mourning the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain who died on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AFP)
A man in the lobby of Senator John McCain's former office building watches a Fox News report as flowers and balloons from a makeshift memorial located outside the building are reflected in the building's glass window. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A flag is placed at the base of the tombstone of US Navy admiral Charles "Chuck" Larson at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 24, 2018, near where US Senator John McCain will be laid to rest next. (AFP)
A handwritten note is seen at a makeshift memorial remembering Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A passerby is reflected in glass as he collects himself before a makeshift memorial to Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. McCain, a two-time US presidential candidate and war hero, passed away August 25 at the age of 81.  (Robyn Beck / AFP)
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial for U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) outside of the A.L. Moore Grimshaw mortuary on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)
An impromptu memorial of flowers and a U.S. Navy officers hat stands outside of the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Senator John McCain is remembered during a moment of silence before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (AFP)
A message honoring U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is displayed on a billboard on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh pays repect to the late US Senator John McCain during a memorial tribute at the US embassy in Hanoi on August 27, 2018.  (Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)
Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain speaks at a campaign rally at the airport in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. (Robyn BECK / AFP)
Visitors pause to look at a photograph of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Visitors pause to look at a photograph of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on display at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
The state of Arizona is mourning the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain who died on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AFP)
The state of Arizona is mourning the death of U.S. Sen. John McCain who died on Saturday after battling an aggressive form of brain cancer. (AFP)
A man in the lobby of Senator John McCain's former office building watches a Fox News report as flowers and balloons from a makeshift memorial located outside the building are reflected in the building's glass window. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A man in the lobby of Senator John McCain's former office building watches a Fox News report as flowers and balloons from a makeshift memorial located outside the building are reflected in the building's glass window. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A flag is placed at the base of the tombstone of US Navy admiral Charles "Chuck" Larson at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 24, 2018, near where US Senator John McCain will be laid to rest next. (AFP)
A flag is placed at the base of the tombstone of US Navy admiral Charles "Chuck" Larson at the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on August 24, 2018, near where US Senator John McCain will be laid to rest next. (AFP)
A handwritten note is seen at a makeshift memorial remembering Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A handwritten note is seen at a makeshift memorial remembering Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A passerby is reflected in glass as he collects himself before a makeshift memorial to Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. McCain, a two-time US presidential candidate and war hero, passed away August 25 at the age of 81.  (Robyn Beck / AFP)
A passerby is reflected in glass as he collects himself before a makeshift memorial to Senator John McCain outside McCain's office in Phoenix, Arizona, August 27, 2018. McCain, a two-time US presidential candidate and war hero, passed away August 25 at the age of 81. (Robyn Beck / AFP)
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial for U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) outside of the A.L. Moore Grimshaw mortuary on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)
Mourners gather at a makeshift memorial for U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) outside of the A.L. Moore Grimshaw mortuary on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)
An impromptu memorial of flowers and a U.S. Navy officers hat stands outside of the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
An impromptu memorial of flowers and a U.S. Navy officers hat stands outside of the Russell Senate Office Building in honor of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) August 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. (AFP)
Senator John McCain is remembered during a moment of silence before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (AFP)
Senator John McCain is remembered during a moment of silence before the start of a baseball game between the Chicago White Sox and the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 27, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (AFP)
A message honoring U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is displayed on a billboard on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)
A message honoring U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) is displayed on a billboard on August 27, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (AFP)
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh pays repect to the late US Senator John McCain during a memorial tribute at the US embassy in Hanoi on August 27, 2018.  (Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)
Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh pays repect to the late US Senator John McCain during a memorial tribute at the US embassy in Hanoi on August 27, 2018. (Nhac NGUYEN / AFP)
Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain speaks at a campaign rally at the airport in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. (Robyn BECK / AFP)
Republican presidential candidate Arizona Senator John McCain speaks at a campaign rally at the airport in Moon Township, Pennsylvania. (Robyn BECK / AFP)