Sure helps to be the son of an Admiral.
Navy pilot John Sidney McCain III should have never been allowed to
graduate from the U.S. Navy flight school. He was a below average
student and a lousy pilot. Had his father and grandfather not been
famous four star U.S. Navy admirals, McCain III would have never been
allowed in the cockpit of a military aircraft.
His father John S. "Junior" McCain was commander of U.S. forces in
Europe later becoming commander of American forces in Vietnam while
McCain III was being held prisoner of war. McCain III's grandfather
John S. McCain, Sr. commanded naval aviation at the Battle of Okinawa
During his relative short stunt on flight status, McCain III lost five
U.S. Navy aircraft, four in accidents and one in combat.
Robert Timberg, author of The Nightingale's Song, a book about
Annapolis graduates and their tours in Vietnam, wrote that McCain
"learned to fly at Pensacola, though his performance was below par, at
best good enough to get by. He liked flying, but didn't love it."
McCain III lost jet number one in 1958 when he plunged into Corpus
Christi Bay while practicing landings. He was knocked unconscious by
the impact coming to as the plane settled to the bottom.
McCain's second crash occurred while he was deployed in the
Mediterranean. "Flying too low over the Iberian Peninsula," Timberg
wrote, "he took out some power lines [reminiscent of the 1998 incident
in which a Marine Corps jet sliced through the cables of a gondola at
an Italian ski resort, killing 20] which led to a spate of newspaper
stories in which he was predictably identified as the son of an
McCain's third crash three occurred when he was returning from flying
a Navy trainer solo to Philadelphia for an Army-Navy football game.
Timberg reported that McCain radioed, "I've got a flameout" and went
through standard relight procedures three times before ejecting at one
thousand feet. McCain landed on a deserted beach moments before the
plane slammed into a clump of trees.
McCain's fourth aircraft loss occurred July 29, 1967, soon after he
was assigned to the USS Forrestal as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot. While
seated in the cockpit of his aircraft waiting his turn for takeoff, an
accidently fired rocket slammed into McCain's plane. He escaped from
the burning aircraft, but the explosions that followed killed 134
sailors, destroyed at least 20 aircraft, and threatened to sink the
McCain's fifth loss happened during his 23rd mission over North
Vietnam on Oct. 26, 1967, when McCain's A-4 Skyhawk was shot down by a
surface-to-air missile. McCain ejected from the plane breaking both
arms and a leg in the process and subsequently parachuted into Truc
Bach Lake near Hanoi.
After being drug from the lake, a mob gathered around McCain, spit on
him, kicked him and stripped him of his clothing. He was bayoneted in
his left foot and his shoulder crushed by a rifle butt. He was then
transported to the Hoa Lo Prison, also known as the Hanoi Hilton.
After being periodically slapped around for "three or four days" by
his captors who wanted military information, McCain called for an
officer on his fourth day of captivity. He told the officer, "O.K.,
I'll give you military information if you will take me to the
hospital." -U.S. News and World Report, May 14, 1973 article written
by former POW John McCain.
"Demands for military information were accompanied by threats to
terminate my medical treatment if I [McCain] did not cooperate.
Eventually, I gave them my ship's name and squadron number, and
confirmed that my target had been the power plant." Page 193-194,
Faith of My Fathers by John McCain.
When the communist learned that McCain's father was Admiral John S.
McCain, Jr., the soon-to-be commander of all U.S. Forces in the
Pacific, he was rushed to Gai Lam military hospital (U.S. government
documents), a medical facility normally unavailable for U.S. POWs.
The communist Vietnamese figured, because POW McCain's father was of
such high military rank, that he was of royalty or the governing
circle. Thereafter the communist bragged that they had captured "the
For 23 combat missions (an estimated 20 hours over enemy territory),
the U.S. Navy awarded McCain a Silver Star, a Legion of Merit for
Valor, a Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, two
Commendation medals plus two Purple Hearts and a dozen service medals.
"McCain had roughly 20 hours in combat," explains Bill Bell, a veteran
of Vietnam and former chief of the U.S. Office for POW/MIA Affairs --
the first official U.S. representative in Vietnam since the 1973 fall
of Saigon. "Since McCain got 28 medals," Bell continues, "that equals
out to about a medal-and-a-half for each hour he spent in combat.
There were infantry guys -- grunts on the ground -- who had more than
7,000 hours in combat and I can tell you that there were times and
situations where I'm sure a prison cell would have looked pretty good
to them by comparison. The question really is how many guys got that
number of medals for not being shot down."
For years, McCain has been an unchecked master at manipulating an
overly friendly and biased news media. The former POW turned
Congressman, turned U.S. Senator, has managed to gloss over his
failures as a pilot and collaborations with the enemy by exaggerating
his military service and lying about his feats of heroism.
McCain has sprouted a halo and wings to become America's POW-hero
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