Date: August 26, 2018 02:36AM
This exact same kind of cancer took my mother, so I have a certain empathy for any family member whose has lost a loved one from this. My condolences to Cindy, Bridget, Jack, Jimmy, Meghan, Andy, Doug, and the entire McCain Family.
As a four year Navy veteran from the old days; If you were a USN Aviator banging on/off carriers in the 1960's, you put your life on the line every time.
On July 1967 on the USS Forrestal, a rogue Zuni rocket launched from an F4 Phantom, traveled 100 yards across deck and struck a fully armed and loaded contingent of strike aircraft waiting to be launched, killing 134 sailors, and injuring an additional 160. The Forrestal was barely saved. There is video of McCain exiting the cockpit of his A4E Skyhawk, traveling along the nose, and jumping through fire and flames to escape.
Three months later he was launched from another carrier with and assignment to bomb Hanoi. After dropping his ordinance his A4E Skyhawk received a direct hit from a Soviet made SAM (Surface to Air Missile) which took off his left wing, followed by an immediate ejection. Results: two broken arms, a broken shoulder, a shattered left knee and broken leg, immediate capture, and 5 years of insufferable imprisonment and torture.
The man earned his right to be an American, a Senator, and to voice his opinion. I never voted for him, as his pick for his running mate during his presidential campaign proved he was not infallible.
But he definitely aspired to something bigger than himself, Duty, Country, Honor, and Family.
I am sorry to say that this old man does not see much of that anymore in today's Congress or present administration.
Senator John McCain, RIP.