John McCain III

John Sidney McCain III (1936 - 2018)

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Sen. John Sidney McCain III
Born in Coco Solo Naval Air Station, Panama Canal Zone, USAmap
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Died in Cornville, Yavapai, Arizona, United Statesmap
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Biography

John McCain III is Notable.
Senator John McCain was a respected Vietnam War Veteran and Prisoner of War, as well as United States Senator and Presidential Candidate.[1][2]

Family

John Sidney McCain III was born August 29th, 1936 at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone of Panama to Admiral John Sidney McCain Jr. and Roberta Wright.[3] His father was stationed there at the time.

John attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia where he was a member of the wrestling and football teams. He graduated from there in 1954.[2] He then attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.[2]

John first married Carol Shepp, a model from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1965.[2] He adopted her two young sons from a previous relationship, Douglas and Andrew.[2] Together they had one daughter, Sidney McCain.[2] John and Carol were separated for a long time, mainly due to his military service and imprisonment as a POW in Vietnam, although they did attempt a reconciliation after his return to the USA in 1973. Carol had in the meantime been seriously injured in an automobile accident in 1969 in the USA.[4]

In 1979, John McCain began dating Cindy Lou Hensley, a teacher from Phoenix, Arizona, and heiress to a fortune founded on a major brewing company. As that relationship became serious, he asked Carol for a divorce. Remaining on good terms, they eventually agreed to an uncontested divorce that became effective in April 1980.[2][4]

John married second Cindy on May 17, 1980, in Phoenix, Arizona, with US Senators William Cohen and Gary Hart attending as groomsmen.[2] Together they had two sons, John McCain IV and James McCain, and a daughter, Meghan McCain.[2] They also adopted a daughter, Bridget, from a Bangladesh orphanage.[2]

Military Service

John McCain was commissioned on the same date he graduated from the United States Naval Academy, on June 4th, 1958. Upon receiving his commission in the United States Navy, John completed flight training and was a designated Naval Aviator in May 1960. He first trained in the A-1 Skyraider and joined Attack Squadron 65, where he served until October 1963. The Cuban Missile Crisis took place during this time and McCain was assigned alert duty. [4]

From November 1963 until October 1966, John was a Flight Instructor. As a Lieutenant Commander in October 1966, he transitioned into the A-4 Skyhawk with Attack Squadron 44 out of Cecil Field in Florida until April 1967. [4]

John was a prisoner of War from 26 October 1967 to 14 March 1973.[5][2] On 26 October 1967, during the Vietnam War, while serving with Attack Squadron 163 on board the USS Oriskany (CVA-34), John launched in his Skyhawk attack aircraft as part of a three aircraft strike group whose mission was against the Hanoi Thermal Power Plant.[citation needed] He took a direct hit from the considerable resistance they were receiving from the ground in the form of surface-to-air missiles. He ejected as his aircraft burst into flames and landed in a lake very near the center of Hanoi.
Captain John McCain III served in the United States Navy in the Vietnam War
Service started: 1958
Unit(s): VA-163, USS Oriskany (CVA-34)
Service ended: April 1981
Captain John McCain III was A Prisoner of War for 1966 days during the Vietnam War.

John was immediately captured and suffered multiple injuries, including three breaks in one of his arms, a break in the other arm, and a broken leg.[2] One of his captors bayoneted him and slammed a rifle butt into his shoulder. John was in very bad physical condition when he taken to the notorious Hanoi Hilton (Hỏa Lò Prison), according to Medal of Honor recipient and cell mate Bud Day and many of the other prisoners who fought to keep him alive. The North Vietnamese didn't really expect him to live, but when they found out about his father's position (John Jr was serving as the Admiral of the fleet in the Pacific Ocean) they gave him some minimal medical treatment and then let other POWs take care of him in hopes he would make propaganda statements for them. Those POWs who cared for him say that they really didn't expect him to live either. He worked diligently to regain his strength and succeeded. Later in the war, fellow POW Michael Scott Kerr would circumnavigate their shared room everyday in an exercise regimen to try to gain strength and endurance in order to return to active duty. John returned during Operation Homecoming on 14 March 1973. [2]

John retired from the United States Navy on April 1st, 1981 as a Captain. [4]

Politician

John went from serving his country in the military to serving his country as a public servant, and was elected to the United States House of Representatives from Arizona's 1st District, serving from January 1983 until January 1987.[2] In January 1987 he ran for and was elected to hold a seat as one of Arizona's Senators.[2] He served as a Senator from Arizona until his death in 2018.[2]

John also ran for president on the Republican ticket twice, but did not succeed in those endeavors.[2]

Honors

Silver Star Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 27 October to 8 December 1967. His captors, completely ignoring international agreements, subjected him to extreme mental and physical cruelties in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes. Through his resistance to those brutalities, he contributed significantly toward the eventual abandonment of harsh treatment by the North Vietnamese, which was attracting international attention. By his determination, courage, resourcefulness, and devotion to duty, he reflected great credit upon himself and upheld the highest traditions of the Naval Service and the United States Armed Forces.

  1. Silver Star Medal.
  2. Legion of Merit with 1 Bronze Star and V Device.
  3. Bronze Star Medal.
  4. Distinguished Flying Cross with 2 Bronze Stars and V Device.
  5. Purple Heart with 1 Bronze Star.
  6. Meritorious Service Medal.
  7. Air Medal with Bronze Star and a 2.
  8. Navy Commendation Medal with Bronze Star and V Device.
  9. Navy Combat Action Ribbon.

The full ribbon set is available here.

Death and Burial

Senator John McCain died after a long battle with brain cancer (glioblastoma), August 25th, 2018 at his family ranch in Cornville, close to Sedona, Arizona, USA.[1][2] He was surrounded by his family, including his wife Cindy.[1] He was a few days short of 82 years old and had served his country in one way or another for over sixty years.[1] He was buried on 3 September with full honors including a Missing Man Flyover and a 21 Gun Salute at his alma mater, the Naval Academy, Annapolis, in the United States Navel Academy, Annapolis, Anne Arundel, Maryland]] according to his wishes. At least 20 of his fellow Prisoners of War attended the ceremony.

Sources

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 John McCain official senatorial page, accessed 27 Aug 2018. This page includes John's farewell letter to his constituents and the nation.
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 McFadden, Robert D, "John McCain, War Hero, Senator, Presidential Contender, Dies at 81", New York Times online, nytimes.com, 25 Aug 2018
  3. "United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K76J-BP9 : accessed 27 August 2018), John Mccain in household of John Mccain, Ward 3, Annapolis, Election District 6, Anne Arundel, Maryland, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 2-38, sheet 17A, line 6, family 395, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 1502.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Wikipedia: John McCain
  5. Nam-POW List

See also:

  • WikiData: Q10390 Wikidata Information Reasonator enwiki Ancestors (about wikidata)
  • "War Stories," Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Season 3, Episode 6). PBS. 09 Feb 2016.
  • Man of the People: The Life of John McCain, by Paul Alexander
  • Roberts, Gary. "On the Ancestry, Royal Descent, and English and American Notable Kin of Senator John Sidney McCain IV", New England Historic Genealogical Society (April 1, 2008). Retrieved May 19, 2008.
  • Wyatt, Barbara Powers. We Came Home. Toluca Lake, CA: P.O.W. Publications, 1977.
  • Feinberg, Barbara. John McCain: Serving His Country, 18 (Millbrook Press 2000). ISBN 0-7613-1974-3.
  • Dictionary of American Naval Aviation Squadrons, Volume 1, Naval Historical Center. Retrieved May 19, 2008.
  • Tributes .
  • Ruston Daily Leader, Ruston, Louisiana on 23 December 1970, page 8 entitled: List of U.S. Prisoners in North Vietnam. They are broken down by state of record (not birth). John is in the Florida section in Orange Park.
  • Iorfida, Chris, "John McCain, war hero and former U.S. presidential candidate, dead at 81." CBC News, August 25, 2018.
  • Musil, Steven, "John McCain, senator and war hero, dies at 81." C|Net News, August 25, 2018.
  • NAM POW Network, received only by 4th Allied POWs.[6]


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On 3 Sep 2018 Merriam Langdon wrote:

We disagreed on almost Everything. But, I never doubted your loyalty to our Country, or your desire to Serve her the Best you could...with Honor and Civility.

You will be missed.


On 31 Aug 2018 Darlene (Scott) Kerr wrote:

His poignant final message to his fellow Americans was Believe always in the promise and greatness in America because nothing is inevitable here.



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On 4 Sep 2018 at 09:39 GMT Krystal Davison wrote:

Pretty distant 19th cousin 1x removed

On 2 Sep 2018 at 13:15 GMT William Lindsay wrote:

I am from northeast Scotland and am proud to say that Senator McCain and me share a 21st great grandfather.

On 2 Sep 2018 at 08:59 GMT Linda (Sherman) Stienstra wrote:

Under “Family” , first line: 2nd paragraph, please change the word “we” to “he”. Thank you for this profile for a man that truly loved his country.

On 30 Aug 2018 at 15:23 GMT Judy (Goodman) Wardlow wrote:

I am VERY pleased to say that John McCain and I are 15th cousins. We share a 14th great grandfather.

On 30 Aug 2018 at 08:43 GMT Teresa (Brown) Henderson wrote:

John and Teresa are 17th cousins once removed. We are both descendants of James Butler.

On 29 Aug 2018 at 21:34 GMT Theodore Palmer wrote:

I hardly ever agreed with him politically, but I GREATLY honor him as a patriot and an honorable man!

On 29 Aug 2018 at 13:11 GMT Carole Taylor wrote:

Thank you, for your love & service to our country. And for trying your best to think of We the People, not just one Party. You will be sorely missed. A Fellow American, Democrat, Carole Taylor

On 29 Aug 2018 at 12:59 GMT Dave Martin wrote:

John and Dave are 15th cousins

John McCain III and Dave Martin are both descendants of John Houston.

On 26 Aug 2018 at 13:51 GMT Aaron Gullison wrote:

His father used Jr, making the III correct.

On 29 Mar 2018 at 14:46 GMT Robin Lee wrote:

John McCain went by John McCain III per sources attached that is all that matters.

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