Sen. John McCain
Senator John McCain died Aug. 25, 2018, following a battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer. He was 81 years old — and just days shy of his 82nd birthday.
Prior to his service in the U.S. Congress, McCain spent 22 years in the Navy, following the footsteps of his father and grandfather, who were both Navy admirals.
As an aviator, McCain spent five and a half years as a prisoner of war after being shot down while serving in Vietnam.
He continued to serve for eight years upon his release and return to the United States, despite never fully recovering from his injuries and the torture he endured as a POW.
McCain ran for president twice: In 2000, he lost the Republican primary to George W. Bush, who would go on to win the general election.
In 2008, McCain ran against Barack Obama — a man McCain famously defended from racist and Islamophobic conspiracy theorists, and whose healthcare bill he later voted against repealing.
In perhaps a final show of his famous resolve and loyalty, McCain personally asked Bush and Obama to speak at his funeral.
When asked how he’d like to be remembered, the ever-humble McCain replied, “He served his country.
And not always right, made a lot of mistakes, made a lot of errors. But served his country. And I hope, could add, honorably.”