Texas Congressman Sam Johnson issues statement on passing of fellow Vietnam Prisoner of War – U.S. Senator John McCain

Senator John McCain of Arizona said: “I fell in love with my country when I was a prisoner in someone else’s.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the wake of U.S. Senator John McCain’s (R-AZ) passing, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (TX-03) released the following statement:

Pilot John McCain was shot down over Vietnam and held as a Prison of War.

“We have lost a genuine American hero today.  John and I were fellow POWs at the “Hanoi Hilton,” and I can testify to the fact that he did everything he could to defend freedom and honor our Great Nation – not just in that hell on earth, but beyond those bleak years.  This is most evident in his continued service on behalf of others while in the U.S. House and Senate. We are a grateful Nation for his service and sacrifice both in and out of uniform.

“John’s strength of spirit, commitment to democracy, and love of God and country all shape the inspiring legacy of service he leaves behind.

“God bless you, partner, and I salute you.  You will not be forgotten.”


Three quotes from former United States Republican Presidential candidate John McCain:

“I believe in evolution. But I also believe, when I hike the Grand Canyon and see it at sunset, that the hand of God is there also.” – John McCain

“Everyday, people serve their neighbors and our nation in many different ways, from helping a child learn and easing the loneliness of those without a family to defending our freedom overseas. It is in this spirit of dedication to others and to our country that I believe service should be broadly and deeply encouraged.” – John McCain

“Our shared values define us more than our differences. And acknowledging those shared values can see us through our challenges today if we have the wisdom to trust in them again.” – John McCain

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