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Captured By The Enemy

Written by: George Chittenden : 29 Jul 2019

This photo was taken in 1967 during the Vietnam War and features an airman being captured by Vietnamese in Truc Bach Lake, Hanoi. The surprising thing about this photo is that the airman is widely believed to be Senator John McCain, of Arizona, the Republican nominee in 2008’s presidential race. In his younger years he served as a pilot with the United States Navy.

His time in Vietnam was unfortunate as he was on-board the U.S.S. Forrestal when it caught on fire, killing many sailors. Not long after that initial tragedy his plane was shot down over Hanoi whilst he was out on a mission. Following his capture, he was taken to a prisoner of war camp in Hanoi where he was tortured for the next six years until the war finally came to an end.

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