Leo Thorsness, decorated POW in Vietnam with McCain, dies
Retired Air Force Col. Leo K. Thorsness, a highly decorated war hero who was cellmates with U.S. Sen. John McCain in a Vietnamese prisoner camp, has died at age 85.
The Congressional Medal of Honor Society says he died Tuesday. The cause wasn’t disclosed.
Thorsness enlisted in the military in 1951. The pilot was shot down during the Vietnam War and was a prisoner of war for six years in a camp dubbed the “Hanoi Hilton.’’
He was awarded the military’s highest award for valour, the Medal of Honor.
The Minnesota native met his wife after enrolling at South Dakota State University in 1950. He was South Dakota’s Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in 1974, losing to incumbent Democrat George McGovern.
He was a legislator in Washington state and later moved to Florida.