Trib­ute To Capt. John McCain, USN

The Progress-Index Weekend - - OPINION -

Capt. John McCain’s pass­ing brings back mem­o­ries of my Naval ser­vice which cul­mi­nated in June 1967, and I re­call McCain was al­most killed in July 1967.

On July 29, 1967 an elec­tri­cal power surge oc­curred in a Phan­tom F-4B parked on the air­craft car­rier USS For­re­stal op­er­at­ing off Viet­nam. A Zuni rocket shot across the flight deck and struck an ex­ter­nal fuel tank of an A-4 Sky­hawk pi­loted by LCDR White or LCDR McCain. McCain and the other pi­lots were able to es­cape from their planes as jet fuel spilled across the flight deck, ig­nited and trig­gered a chain-re­ac­tion of bomb ex­plo­sions that killed 134 sailors and in­jured 161. It was one of the worst Naval ac­ci­dents since WWII.

John McCain was shot down over Viet­nam in Oc­to­ber 1967 af­ter com­plet­ing over 20 mis­sions. He was a pris­oner of war un­til 1973.

And where was Don­ald Trump dur­ing this time? While McCain fought in Viet­nam our fear­less Pres­i­dent got four col­lege draft de­fer­ments. Af­ter grad­u­at­ing in 1968 Trump vis­ited a doc­tor who pro­vided him with a let­ter stat­ing he had bone spurs in a heel and this en­abled him to get a med­i­cal de­fer­ment from the draft. He later said the bone spurs were “mi­nor”. Don­ald Moskowitz Lon­don­derry, NH

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