John McCain - 8/29/1936-8/25/2018

Posted 26 August 2018

The Calvert County Democratic Central Committee today mourns the passing of Senator John McCain of Arizona and extends our sympathies to his wife, Cindy, and seven children.

This great statesman dedicated his entire adult life in service to our country in a career spanning 60 years. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, both four-star Admirals in the United States Navy, and graduated from Annapolis in 1958. From there, he went to Pensacola for two and half years of flight school to become a naval aviator. He requested and received a combat assignment in 1967 and was assigned to the USS Forrestal where he would fly A-4 Skyhawks over North Vietnam. On October 26 of that year, during his 23rd mission, his plane was shot down over Hanoi and he was taken prisoner. He would remain a prisoner of war under brutal conditions for the next five and a half years.

After 23 years of highly decorated military service and attaining the rank of Captain, McCain retired from the Navy in 1981 to pursue his second career in public service at the nation's Capitol. He spent four years in the House of Representatives followed by 31 years in the Senate. Senator McCain gained a reputation for voting his conscience over the Party line. He worked with Democrats routinely on important legislation, and did not consider them enemies due to party affiliation. Among his closest friends were Joe Biden and Barack Obama as well as Joe Lieberman and Lindsey Graham.

His dedicated public service will be greatly missed.