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Over the years John Sidney McCain the white haired Senator from Arizona has survived many things He has endured three plane crashes a firestorm at sea and a North Vietnamese prison camp to emerge as a major player in the national political scene The Vietnam War had a significant impact on Senator McCain McCain spent five and a half years in North Vietnamese prisons thirty-one months in solitary and was brutally tortured Yet almost immediately upon his release in 1973 he began putting Vietnam behind him This lighthearted man has rarely lost sight of what he has called the shadow of Vietnam Timberg 12 Due to his continuing contributions to the United States John McCain has become a true American hero and would make an excellent president for our country John McCain grew up in a family rich with Navy heritage John McCains grandfather was one of the navys greatest commanders and led the strongest aircraft carrier force of the Third Fleet McCains father who was a submarine commander during World War II was equally distinguished by heroic service in the navy Both McCains father and grandfather rose to the rank of four-star admiral making the McCains the first family in American history to achieve that distinction John McCain III followed in his grandfather and fathers footsteps when he entered the US Navy Academy in 1951 McCain struggled during his four years at the academy but in June 1954 he graduated with 899 other young men The Class of 58 had been whittled down by 25 percent Of the 899 who endured the four years at the US Navel Academy John McCain was one of them standing fifth from the bottom The Navel Academy was very rigid for McCain but even as a teenager he showed presidential traits perseverance being one of them This feature is extremely important for John McCain if he wants to be the man to lead our country John
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