On July 29, 1967, a missile accidentally fired aboard the U.S.S. Forrestall setting a huge intense fire that killed 134 sailors. Although I didn't know it at the time, one of those sailors was the son of our neighbor. I would see this picture prominently displayed in their house whenever I went for a visit along with his medals and other pictures.
Another sailor would jump from his airplane and roll through the fire to escape. He only suffered minor injuries on that day. Later, he would be shot down and spend nearly six years in Hanoi Hilton being tortured. He went on to be a prominent congressman and ran for president twice. On Saturday he lost his life to glioblastoma.
I always like McCain, the Maverick. Perhaps because I am a bit of a maverick myself when it comes to my political tendencies. I don't fit neatly into any parties ideology box. Unlike many in my party, I was elated to see the "thumbs down" he gave in the attempt to appeal the ACA. I don't like how the ACA was thrust upon the people. I don't like how it did nothing to solve any of the problems in the medical industry. I don't like simply shifting the burden of healthcare to everyone which inspires no one to take care of their health since they aren't directly paying. BUT, I don't see the purpose of voting down something already in place simply as a political move. I want things FIXED, not retribution. I think McCain did too. He was a maverick like myself.
I leaned of his death during intermission of a children's play that we were attending. I found it very hard to focus on the second half of the play as my mind wandered over McCain's career. My memories especially lingered on one of McCain's final speeches slamming both parties in Congress for their political bickering and maneuvers which isn't getting anything done and attempting to get back to bi-partisan solutions. It was a speech worthy of our history ranking up there with George Washington's final address before stepping down as president.
P.S. Those in Hanoi solitary confinement as prisoners used a tap code to communicate between cells. Each message was ended with GBU, God Bless You.
God Bless You John McCain