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John McCain, Prisoner Of War: A First-Person Account

John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account By John S. McCain III, Lieut. Commander, U.S. Navy By John S. McCain Posted January 28, 2008

John McCain spent 5½ years in captivity as a POW in North Vietnam. His first-person account of that harrowing ordeal was published in U.S. News in May 1973. Shot down in his Skyhawk dive bomber on Oct. 26, 1967, Navy flier McCain was taken prisoner with fractures in his right leg and both arms. He received minimal care and was kept in wretched conditions that he describes vividly in the U.S. News special report:

This story originally appeared in the May 14, 1973, issue of U.S.News & World Report. It was posted online on January 28, 2008. http://www.usnews.com/articles/news/2008/01/28/john-mccain-prisoner-of-war-a-fir st-person-account.html?PageNr=1

McCAIN, JOHN SIDNEY III Name: John Sidney McCain III Rank/Branch: O4/US Navy Unit: Attack Squadron 163, USS ORISKANY (CVA-34) Date of Birth: 29 August 1936 Home City of Record: Coco Sole, Canal Zone, Panama (family in Norfolk VA at time of release; resides in AZ 1999) Date of Loss: 26 October 1967 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 210100N 1055100E (WJ876270) Status (in 1973): Released POW Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: A4E Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: 730314 RELEASED BY DRV

Source: Compiled by from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews, information from John McCain III, Arlington National Cemetery. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK 2008.

SYNOPSIS: John McCain graduated from Episcopal High School, Alexandria VA in 1954. He attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD graduating in 1958.

John S. McCain came from a Navy family. Both his father and grandfather became Navy aviators, and John III followed in their footsteps. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1958, as his father had in 1931. John III was later shipped to Vietnam, where he became the third generation of his family to serve. http://www.pownetwork.org/bios/m/m125.htm

John McCain AKA John Sidney McCain III Born: 29-Aug-1936 Birthplace: Coco Solo, Panama Canal Zone Gender: Male Religion: Baptist [1] Race or Ethnicity: White Sexual orientation: Straight Occupation: Politician Party Affiliation: Republican Nationality: United States Executive summary: US Senator from Arizona Military service: US Navy (1958-81, Capt.) http://www.nndb.com/people/914/000023845