An American Hero

An American Hero

Nicole Radson

     John McCain was born August 29,1936, and sadly passed away August 25, 2018, from brain cancer. John Mccain was diagnosed with glioblastoma,  an aggressive brain cancer in July 2017. After more than a year of battling cancer, Senator McCain’s family announced that he had chosen to forego further treatment for his disease.  

     John McCain was a Navy pilot in the Vietnam war. After his plane was shot down, McCain was taken as a POW by the North Vietnamese and held for five and a half years. McCain suffered torture during his years of captivity and suffered from physical problems the rest of his life. After being offered an early release by his captors, McCain refused stating there were others who had been prisoner longer than he and they deserved to be released before him. He was finally released in 1973.

       McCain served as Senator from Arizona beginning in 1982, and remained in that role until his death this week. McCain also served on the Senate Armed Forces Committee.  He ran for president twice, in 2000 he lost the Republican nomination to George W. Bush, and in 2008 McCain ran as the Republican Presidential candidate losing to Barack Obama.  

     McCain leaves behind his wife of 38 years Cindy, as well as three daughters and two sons. He will be laid to rest at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.