The word “hero” is thrown around much too easily. In John McCain’s case, it is richly deserved. He is a true American hero who devoted his life to serving his country. It certainly ran in the family. Both his father and grandfather were admirals. His father was in command of all forces in the Pacific theater, including Vietnam.
He graduated from Annapolis and became a naval aviator. He was flying missions in North Vietnam from an aircraft carrier. His plane was shot down and he was seriously injured. When his captors learned who his father was, they offered to release him. He refused. After over five years of brutal treatment, he was finally released. He remained in the Navy until 1981.
Serving as a liaison to the Senate gave him an interest in politics. He was elected to the House in 1986. He continued to rise in stature yet gained a reputation as a maverick. He was willing to work with both sides of the aisle. He tried for the presidential nomination in 2000 and, of course, won it in 2008.
We live in an era where political expediency often supersedes personal conviction. He was willing to risk the wrath of others to do what he thought was right.
He will be missed.