In Photos: Remembering John McCain

August 28, 2018

Senator John McCain, 81, passed away after a long battle with brain cancer on August 25, 2018. The Arizona senator was diagnosed with an aggressive form of glioblastoma and began treatment for the disease in July 2017. McCain will forever be remembered for his strong love of country, family, and service.

 

Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses while speaking before the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and eBay 2008 National Small Business Summit, Tuesday, June 10, 2008, in Washington. 

AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

 

A decorated war hero, he endured 5 ½ years in a North Vietnamese POW camp after his fighter jet was shot down. Nearly 20 years later, he was elected Arizona’s junior senator and developed a reputation as a “maverick” for asking the hard questions. 

 

McCain graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1958 and served as a pilot.

 

John McCain (front right) with his squadron in 1965. US Navy/Library of Congress

 

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John McCain (centre) surrounded by Hanoi residents in Truc Bach Lake after his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War, Oct. 26, 1967.
Veterans History Project/Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.

 

This is an undated file photo of Sen. John McCain, lying injured as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. It was among 4,000 photos and documents given to a US delegation by Hanoi. Associated Press

 

McCain retired from the Navy in 1981 as a captain. His awards include a Silver Star and a Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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Portrait of members of the McCain family as they attend the christening of USS John S McCain (DDG-56), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer named after US Navy admiral John McCain Jr, Bath, Maine, September 26, 1992. Getty Images

 

John McCain aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt several months after the start of the U.S.-led attack on Afghanistan, January 9, 2002.
PhoM 3c Hines/U.S. Navy photo

 

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After serving as a Navy liaison in the Senate, McCain took the leap into politics and was elected to serve Arizona's 1st Congressional District from 1982 to 1984.

 

President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain hug after McCain introduced Bush at a rally at Veteran's Coliseum in Phoenix in 2004.

Jack Kurtz/The Republic

 

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., visits the popular Shorja market in central Baghdad, Iraq, on April 1, 2007. Associated Press

 

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Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., addressed a group of supporters during a campaign stop April 28, 2007, in Tempe, Arizona. "We're not going to surrender to al-Qaida," he declared. David Kadlubowski/The Republic

 

President-elect Barack Obama meets with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Nov. 17, 2008, at Obama's transition office in downtown Chicago.

Associated Press

 

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Senator John McCain, recently diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, departs after returning to the Senate to vote on health care legislation on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 25, 2017. Aaron Bernstein/Reuters

 

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