Sen. McCain Doesn't Want Trump at His Funeral
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2894) one year ago
I completely understand why Senator John McCain who, among other extreme hardships endured during the 5-1/2 years he was a POW in North Vietnam, spent 2 years in solitary confinement, doesn't want Trump -- the guy with 4 deferments (one for heel spurs) -- at his funeral.

During the 2016 campaign Trump insulted Senator McCain by saying McCain was a war hero only because he captured. That was just one of the many moments during the campaign that I knew Trump was a charlatan, with an extraordinary capacity for emotional cruelty.

According to Wikipedia:

"McCain's capture and subsequent imprisonment occurred on October 26, 1967. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. McCain fractured both arms and a leg when he ejected from the aircraft, and nearly drowned after he parachuted into Trúc Bạch Lake. Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. McCain was then transported to Hanoi's main Hỏa Lò Prison, nicknamed the 'Hanoi Hilton'.

Although McCain 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. His status as a prisoner of war (POW) made the front pages of major newspapers.

McCain spent six weeks in the hospital, where he received marginal care. He had lost 50 pounds (23 kg), was in a chest cast, and his gray hair had turned as white as snow. McCain was sent to a different camp on the outskirts of Hanoi. In December 1967, McCain was placed in a cell with two other Americans who did not expect him to live more than a week. In March 1968, McCain was placed into solitary confinement, where he would remain for two years.

In mid-1968, his father John S. McCain Jr. was named commander of all U.S. forces in the Vietnam theater, and the North Vietnamese offered McCain early release because they wanted to appear merciful for propaganda purposes, and also to show other POWs that elite prisoners were willing to be treated preferentially. McCain refused repatriation unless every man taken in before him was also released. Such early release was prohibited by the POWs' interpretation of the military Code of Conduct which states in Article III: 'I will accept neither parole nor special favors from the enemy'. To prevent the enemy from using prisoners for propaganda, officers were to agree to be released in the order in which they were captured.

Beginning in August 1968, McCain was subjected to a program of severe torture. He was bound and beaten every two hours; this punishment occurred at the same time that he was suffering from dysentery. Further injuries led McCain to attempt suicide, which was stopped by guards. Eventually, McCain made an anti-U.S. propaganda 'confession'. He has always felt that his statement was dishonorable, but as he later wrote, 'I had learned what we all learned over there: every man has his breaking point. I had reached mine.' Many U.S. POWs were tortured and maltreated in order to extract 'confessions' and propaganda statements; virtually all of them eventually yielded something to their captors. McCain received two to three beatings weekly because of his continued refusal to sign additional statements.

McCain refused to meet various anti-war groups seeking peace in Hanoi, wanting to give neither them nor the North Vietnamese a propaganda victory. From late 1969, treatment of McCain and many of the other POWs became more tolerable, while McCain continued actively to resist the camp authorities. McCain and other prisoners cheered the U.S. 'Christmas Bombing' campaign of December 1972, viewing it as a forceful measure to push North Vietnam to terms.

McCain was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam for five and a half years until his release on March 14, 1973. His wartime injuries left him permanently incapable of raising his arms above his head."

"At His Ranch, John McCain Shares Memories and Regrets With Friends" by Jonathan Martin, New York Times, May 5, 2018

Now watch that coward and fool Trump talk about McCain's military service during the 2016 campaign.

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Posted by Gunnar Emilsson (+12914) one year ago
Posted by Mary Catherine Dunphy (+2894) one year ago
Let's also remember that Sen. John McCain, before he was shot down in October 1967, also narrowly escaped death in July 1967, in the disastrous USS Forrestal, Navy carrier fire, caused by an electrical problem that started a fire and rockets to explode on the flight deck, thereby triggering other explosions and fires killing 134 sailors and injuring 161. It was a terrible disaster at sea. That day John McCain got shrapnel in his chest and legs.

In this documentary, Sen. McCain and other sailors aboard the USS Forrestal, talk about that horrendous day at sea in July 1967.