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John Mc Cain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, to naval officer John S. He escaped from his burning jet and was trying to help another pilot escape when a bomb exploded; Although Mc Cain was seriously wounded and injured, his captors refused to treat him.
They beat and interrogated him to get information, and he was given medical care only when the North Vietnamese discovered that his father was a high-ranking admiral.
He is also known for his work in the 1990s to restore diplomatic relations with Vietnam, and for his belief that the Iraq War should have been fought to a successful conclusion.
Mc Cain has chaired the Senate Commerce Committee, and he opposed pork barrel spending.
The smears claimed that Mc Cain had fathered a black child out of wedlock (the Mc Cains' dark-skinned daughter was adopted from Bangladesh), that his wife Cindy was a drug addict, that he was a homosexual, and that he was a "Manchurian Candidate" who was either a traitor or mentally unstable from his North Vietnam POW days.
Mc Cain was reunited with his family when he returned to the United States.
His wife Carol had suffered her own crippling ordeal due to an automobile accident in December 1969. We have to live in all parts of the country, all parts of the world.
Mc Cain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and followed his father and grandfather—both four-star admirals—into the U. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire.
While Mc Cain was on a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. Mc Cain experienced episodes of torture and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer.