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John S. McCain III

29 August 1936 − 25 August 2018


John S. McCain III Bio

Lieutenant John Sidney McCain III


 

John Sidney McCain III was born on 29 August 1936 in Coco Solo, near Colón, in the Panama Canal Zone. He would later graduate from the U.S. Naval Academy and serve as a naval officer in the U.S. Navy, as both his father and grandfather had before him.

He was an A-4 Skyhawk pilot during the Vietnam War and was shot down over North Vietnam on 26 October 1967. McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam until 14 March 1973 and retired from the U.S. Navy in 1981. He served in the U.S. House and Senate from 1983, from the state of Arizona, until his death in 2018.

To learn more, read John S. McCain III: A Brief Navy Biography

Read a blog post in NHHC's Sextant by Lieutenant John S. “Jack” McCain IV, USN: "John S. McCain III – Lessons from a ‘Biased’ Son on Legacy, Service, Sacrifice"

Links to Additional Photos of McCain's Naval Service 

Vietnam History and Remembrance

Congressional Armed Services Issues and History

Further Reading about the USS Forrestal (CVA-59) Fire

Published: Thu Sep 13 13:23:02 EDT 2018