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From POW to presidential contender: John McCain's life in pictures

The son of a Navy admiral, John McCain was a prisoner of war in Vietnam before being elected to six terms in the U.S. Senate.

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John S. McCain III, center, with his grandfather Vice Admiral John S. McCain Sr., at left, and father Admiral John S. McCain Jr. in a family photo from the 1940s.

McCain followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, attending the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. He graduated in 1958.

At the age of 81, John McCain died surrounded by family at his home.  At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for 60 years.

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McCain, front right, with his squadron in 1965.

A Navy fighter pilot, McCain served in Vietnam and was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit, Purple Heart, Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, and Prisoner of War Medal.

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Image: On Oct. 26, 1967 Lieutenant Commander John McCain was rescued

On Oct. 26, 1967 Lt. Cmdr. McCain was rescued from Hanoi's Truc Bach Lake by several Hanoi residents after his Navy warplane was downed by the North Vietnamese. 

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A Vietnamese doctor examines McCain after he was captured in 1967.

He suffered injuries in the crash when his plane was shot down and was subsequently tortured as a POW during his five years of imprisonment in Hanoi.

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McCain is welcomed to Washington on May 24, 1973, by President Richard Nixon following his release after five-and-a-half years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

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McCain and his wife Cindy, left, attend an election night event in Phoenix on Nov. 2, 1982. McCain launched his political career when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arizona in 1982.

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Image: Fellow Vietnam veteran, Sen. John Kerry

Sen. John Kerry, a fellow Vietnam veteran, and Sen. McCain examine a book on June 24, 1992 containing the names of the "total unaccounted for" soldiers who served in the Vietnam War.

McCain was first elected to the Senate in 1983, after retiring from the Navy in 1981.

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McCain holds photos of himself as a 30-year-old  P.O.W. outside the Army Museum in Hanoi on Oct. 19, 1992.

McCain served as a member of the Senate Select Committee on servicemen listed as missing in action (MIAs) in Southeast Asia.

McCain is also known for his work towards restoring diplomatic relations with Vietnam.

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Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole and McCain wave to members of the American Legion at the group's annual convention in Salt Lake City on Sept. 3, 1996.

McCain was on Dole's short list of possible running mates. He had also been short-listed as a possible running mate for George H.W. Bush in 1988.

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Image: McCain signs copies of his book "Faith of My Fathers"

McCain signs copies of his book "Faith of My Fathers" on Sept. 13, 1999 in Washington.

Co-authored with Mark Salter, the book became a bestseller and was later made into a movie.

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Image: Republican Senator John McCain, with his wife Cindy

McCain announces his official bid for the White House in Nashua, New Hampshire, on Sept. 27, 1999, with his wife Cindy and adopted daughter Bridget. 

McCain divorced his first wife shortly after meeting Cindy Lou Hensley, whom he married in 1980. They had three children together and adopted Bridget from an orphanage in Bangladesh.

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McCain speaks to a voter on Dec. 2, 1999 at the Town Hall in North Hampton, New Hampshire.

McCain won the New Hampshire primary, but lost South Carolina to George W. Bush. His campaign never recovered and he withdrew from the race in March of 2000.

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Image: McCain does a phone interview for a radio show from his Los Angeles

McCain conducts a phone interview for a radio show from his Los Angeles hotel room on March 7, 2000 as his wife Cindy sits nearby. McCain lost nine of the thirteen primaries that day to Bush and withdrew from the race two days later.

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Image: senators celebrate the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill

During a news conference on April 2, 2001 in the Senate radio-TV gallery, senators celebrate the passage of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance bill which set new rules for political advertising and donations to candidates.

From left to right, Sen. Olympia Snowe, R- Maine, Sen. McCain, R- Ariz., Sen. Thad Cochran, R- Miss., and Sen. Russ Feingold, D- Wisc. President Bush signed the bill into law even though he said he had doubts "about the constitutionality of the broad ban on issue advertising, which restrains the speech of a wide variety of groups."

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Image: McCain wears a bandage on his nose after skin cancer surgery

McCain wears a bandage on his nose after skin cancer surgery on Feb. 11, 2002 in Washington.

McCain was been treated on several occasions for melanoma which left noticeable scars on his face. 

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Image: McCain And Lieberman Discuss War In Iraq

Sen. Joseph Lieberman and McCain participate in a seminar, "Iraq: A Turning Point," at the American Enterprise Institute on Jan. 5, 2007 in Washington. 

Both senators had recently returned from a trip to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Middle East and reported that "a substantial and sustained surge" in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq would increase security and create an environment for political and economic stability.

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Image:McCain visits the popular Shorja market in central Baghdad

McCain visits the popular Shorja market in central Baghdad on April 1, 2007.

McCain charged that the American people were not getting a "full picture" of progress in the security crackdown in the capital. McCain voted for the Iraq War Resolution in 2002, and began questioning troop levels as early as 2003.

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Image: Presidential Candidates Debate In New Hampshire Ahead Of Primary

Republican presidential hopefuls McCain, former Sen. Fred Thompson, Rep. Ron Paul, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani participate in a televised debate on Jan. 5, 2008 in Manchester, New Hampshire. 

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McCain hugs his daughter Meghan after hearing that he was the projected winner of the New Hampshire Primary on Jan. 8, 2008.

After being forced to downsize his staff in July of 2007, McCain made a comeback with his win in the small state. 

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McCain's "Straight Talk Express" campaign bus crosses Pensacola Bay after a campaign rally on Jan. 22, 2008.

McCain made the bus a famous venue for free-wheeling conversations with reporters in 2000 and again in 2008.

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Image: John McCain Celebrates Primary Night In Dallas

McCain and his wife celebrate clinching the Republican presidential nomination at a campaign rally at the Fairmont Dallas hotel on March 4, 2008.

Almost out of money in the late summer of 2007 and written off as finished by some observers, McCain fought his way to a dramatic comeback, winning the party's nomination with victories that night in Texas, Ohio, Vermont, and Rhode Island.

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McCain joins his running mate Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and her daughter Piper at the end of her speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minnesota on Sept. 3, 2008.

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McCain and wife Cindy, joined by Gov. Sarah Palin and husband Todd, concedes the presidential race to Sen. Barack Obama on election night Nov. 4, 2008. 

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Image: U.S. President-elect Barack Obama speaks with U.S. Senator John McCain at a bipartisan dinner honoring McCain in Washington

President-elect Barack Obama speaks with McCain at a bipartisan dinner honoring McCain in Washington on Jan. 19, 2009.

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McCain addresses the media as he leaves a polling station in Phoenix as Apollo, a dog owned by McCain's son Jimmy, licks the camera on Nov. 2, 2010.

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Image: US Rebuplican senator John McCain (R) walks with Abdul Hafiz Ghoqa

McCain walks with Abdul Hafiz Ghoqa, spokesman of the Libyan National Transitional Council during his tour of the rebel headquarters in their eastern stronghold city of Benghazi on April 22, 2011.

McCain was the highest-ranking U.S. politician to visit Libya's rebel-held east since a popular uprising began against Moamer Kadhafi's rule in mid-February 2011.

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Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks with Sen. McCain on Romney's campaign bus in between events on Jan. 4, 2012 near Manchester, New Hampshire.

McCain announced his endorsement of Romney the day after Romney beat former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum by only eight votes in the "first in the nation" Iowa Caucuses.

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Image: U.S. Senators McCain and Lieberman are greeted by Syrian refugee children during their visit at Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border

McCain and Sen. Joseph Lieberman are greeted by Syrian refugee children during their visit to the Yayladagi refugee camp in Hatay province on the Turkish-Syrian border on April 10, 2012.

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McCain rides on the Senate subway after participating in a news conference with people who have disabilities on Capitol Hill on Dec. 3, 2012. 

 

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greets McCain before the start of the hearing nominating Sen. Kerry to become the next Secretary of State, in the Hart Senate Office Building on Jan. 24, 2013.

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Image: John McCain, Charles Schumer, Lindsey Graham

McCain, Sen. Charles Schumer, center, and Sen. Lindsey Graham talk on Feb. 12, 2013, before President Barack Obama's State of the Union. 

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Image: U.S. Senate's "Gang on Eight" are pictured during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington

The U.S. Senate's "Gang of Eight" hold a news briefing on Capitol Hill on April 18, 2013.

The eight senators, from left, Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. McCain, Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., who crafted comprehensive legislation to overhaul the immigration system, went to great lengths to balance the competing priorities of dozens of interest groups in an 844-page bill in hopes it would improve the chances for passage of the bill.

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McCain greets well-wishers as he arrives at a pro-European Union rally in Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine on Dec. 15, 2013.

 

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Image: Senator John McCain hugs the wife of a dead veteran at a community forum over recent allegations of gross mismanagement and neglect of veterans health care in Phoenix

McCain hugs the widow of a veteran at a community forum over recent allegations of gross mismanagement and neglect of veterans health care in Phoenix on May 9, 2014.

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Image: Saudi Arabia's King Salman greets U.S. Senator McCain as U.S. President Barack Obama looks on at Erga Palace in Riyadh

Saudi Arabia's King Salman greets McCain as President Barack Obama looks on at Erga Palace in Riyadh, on Jan. 27, 2015.

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Image: John McCain Visits Australian War Memorial

McCain looks at the Roll of Honor at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, Australia, on May 29, 2017.

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Image: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) Back On Capitol Hill For Health Care Vote, After Cancer Diagnosis Last Week

McCain returns to the Senate with his wife Cindy on July 25, 2017. 

McCain had been recently diagnosed with brain cancer but returned on the day the Senate was holding a key procedural vote on President Donald Trump's effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. He voted yes on a motion to proceed to debate on Republican health care legislation but a few months later decided to vote against the Republican health care bill. 

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Image: John McCain Honored With Liberty Medal For A Lifetime Of Service

McCain speaks after receiving the 2017 Liberty Medal from former Vice President Joe Biden at the National Constitution Center on Oct. 16, 2017 in Philadelphia.

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Image: U.S. Military Holds Special Twilight Tattoo Performance In Honor Of John McCain

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley and McCain watch a special Twilight Tattoo performance on Nov. 14, 2017 at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia. Sen. McCain was honored with the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal for over 63 years of dedicated service to the nation and the U.S. Navy.

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