John McCain: The incredible life of an American hero

By Nicole Chavez

Published August 27, 2018

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He was raised to defend his country and became a patriot who would often put his country over any political parties.

Here are some fascinating facts about the legendary senator's life and career.

He was held as a prisoner of war for nearly five and a half years.

McCain, then a Navy pilot, was captured when his plane was shot down during the Vietnam War.

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In 1967, his captors forced him to give an on-camera interview in return for a life-saving surgery.

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"I would just like to tell my wife... I will get well, and I love her. I hope to see her soon, and I appreciate it if you'd tell her that"

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His war time injuries made it impossible for him to raise his arms above his head.

He retired in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he got into politics.

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His wife traveled to Bangladesh in a medical mission and surprised him when she came home with an infant baby.

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But he quickly adopted her and always treated her just as his other six children.

"Not only does he open his arms, he loves her just like I do. That’s something that says something about the character of a man.”

Cindy McCain

at a 2008 presidential campaign rally in South Carolina.

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At 72, he could have become the oldest person ever to be elected president.

But he lost the 2008 presidential election against Barack Obama.

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The number of countries McCain traveled in six months.

When Donald Trump became president in 2017, McCain took it upon himself to reassure world leaders.

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When the senator was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2017, he remained positive.

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"There's two ways of looking at these things. And one of them is to celebrate. I am able to celebrate a wonderful life and I will be grateful for additional time that I have."

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From his time in the military to his death, McCain spent nearly six decades serving his country.

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