U.S. President, 2009-2017
John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone to Lieutenant John S. "Jack" McCain Jr. and Roberta Wright McCain. The son and grandson of four-star admirals, he was raised in the navy and in a tradition of military service that began before the American Revolution. He attended college at the United States Naval Academy and launched a 22-year career as a naval aviator upon his graduation. During his 23rd bombing mission on October 26, 1967, a missile struck his plane and forced him to eject, knocking him unconscious and breaking both his arms and his leg. McCain was then taken as a prisoner of war into the now-infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” where he was denied necessary medical treatment and often beaten by the North Vietnamese. He spent much of his time as a prisoner of war in solitary confinement, aided by his faith and the friendships of his fellow POWs. McCain’s last Navy duty assignment was to serve as the naval liaison to the United States Senate. He retired from the Navy in 1981. Senator McCain served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives before he was elected to the United States Senate in 1986. He served on the following Senate Committees during the 115th Congress: chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; member and former chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs; and member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Senator McCain had seven children and five grandchildren and resided in Phoenix, Arizona with his wife Cindy. On August 25, 2018, John McCain died at the age of 81 due to brain cancer.