Senator John McCain Dead at 81, A Look Back at His Life


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On Saturday John McCain died at his home at the age of 81. He had suffered from a malignant brain tumor, called a glioblastoma, for which he had been treated periodically with radiation and chemotherapy since its discovery in 2017. Here is a timeline of the Senator’s service to this country in uniform and out of uniform. He was known as the last of the Senate lions.
Aug. 29, 1936 John Sidney McCain III was born at the Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, one of many posts where his father, John Sidney McCain Jr., served in a long, distinguished Navy career. McCain Jr would eventually become Admiral of the Pacific fleet while he son was a POW. Senator McCain was the middle sibling of three children. His mother, born Roberta Wright, was a California oil heiress. His parents eloped to Tijuana, Mexico, to marry in 1933. 
1960’s  He liked flying, but his performance was sub-par, sometimes careless or even reckless. Which was proven when he crashed in Corpus Christi Bay in Texas AND in Tidewater, Va., but escaped with minor injuries — and his flying skills improved over time. 
1965 McCain marries Carol Shepp, a model. They would eventually get divorced in 1980. His second marriage was to Cindy Lou Hensley, a Phoenix teacher. Her Father happened to own a beer Distributorship. His sons, John IV, Douglas (adopted), and Andrew (adopted). Daughters, Sidney, Meghan, and Bridget (adopted).
1967 On Oct. 26 while serving in Vietnam, he took off on his 23rd mission of the war, which was part of a 20-plane attack on a heavily defended power plant in central Hanoi. Moments after releasing his bombs on target, as he pulled out of his dive, a Soviet-made surface-to-air missile sheared off his right wing. He was soon captured. 
As a POW, he was put in solitary confinement and tortured regularly. He had a chance to get out many times when his father the Admiral tried to free him. He refused however because of a military code that those before him would leave first and he didn’t want to break that code.
1973 March 14, he was finally freed a good two months after the Paris Peace Accords. Which effectively ended American involvement in the police action in Vietnam. He earned the Silver and Bronze Stars, Distinguished Flying Cross among many others. He was celebrated as a war hero. 
1983-1987 He wins two terms in the House of Representatives for the state of Arizona. McCain started off being a staunch Reagan Republican, but who would later become a moderate often jumping between the right and the left. He became known as the maverick for defying his party leaders and compromising with the Democrats.  
2000 Lost the Republican Primaries to the George W. Bush who would win the White House.
2002 Both McCain and Feingold had their bill pass which was Campaign-finance reforms. It ended the “Soft money” which was unlimited donations to build up a party platform. It forced Candidates to follow the actual laws in place that would restrict how much they could get from donations and the Party. As with all reforms that would stop screwing over We The People, the bill met its fate in lawsuits, court rulings and of course more financial scams. 
2005 Helped to push a bill through to stop the inhumane treatment of prisoners down at Guantamano Bay, Cuba. 
2008 Ran against a powerful Obama campaign in the presidential race. His pick for Veep, Sarah Palin the ex governor of Alaska. The mainstream media kept hounding his campaign for picking someone who was not ready to run for office. Often the media would make fun of Sarah Palin but to give McCain credit he stuck by her till the end (kind of).  Another concern was his age being 71 would have been the oldest President at that time. Also during this year his bill to stop water boarding and other illegal techniques. The law would have forced interrogators to stick to the manual. However President Bush vetoed the measure. 
2010 The Senator would win re-election to the Senate amidst a Tough Tea Party candidate when The Tea Party was sweeping the nation. Also in this year he would vote against the Affordable
Care Act or better known as Obamacare.
September 11, 2011 The Senator supported Bush’s war on terror, of sending our troops into Afghanistan to find Osama Bin Laden. He also voted for the Patriot Act. 
2015 McCain would finally achieve his longtime goal of becoming a chairman of the Armed services Committee. This means he had the power to advance his national agenda and fiscal objectives with a $600 billion Military policy bill. 
2016 The war of words between him and then Candidate Trump begins, and it would only end when McCain passed away on Saturday. One of the most memorable digs at McCain was when President Trump Twitted the following: “He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Mr. Trump said. “I like them who weren’t captured”. However on Saturday night Mr. Trump changed his tune as he sent his condolences to the McCain family. 
2017 In July he would make a dramatic entrance to the Senate chamber, days after his surgery for Brain Cancer. It was dramatic because his down vote would block the repeal of Obamacare. Even though in 2010 he voted against Obamacare…Either way seven years of Republican work down the drain. Some even whisper that he did this to despise the President. You know…a little bout of revenge…but he would say that he did it for the right reasons. In December, he was unable to make it to vote for the Republican tax bill that he approved of. The bill passed anyway. 
Did you know McCain was an author as well? Well he was! he wrote 6 books with his aide Mark Salter. All his books were centered around courage. He released his Memoirs earlier this year. Senator McCain is survived by his wife, Cindy, seven children and five grandchildren. No matter what you think of this man, he has had a long and interesting life. God Speed Mr McCain.  


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