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:
Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III after his release from captivity in Vietnam.
(Thomas J. O’Halloran for USN&WR/Courtesy Library of Congress)
This story originally appeared in the May 14, 1973, issue of U.S.News & World Report. It was posted online on January 28, 2008.
I may not agree with everything McCain says, but this dude…is light years ahead of Hussein Obama, in character.