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Letter: John McCain

To the Editor:

Sen. McCain has been honored for his life of service to his country.

He flew combat missions off a carrier in the South China Sea. This takes a lot of skill and guts. Lots of others did this, too. He was a longtime resident of the Hanoi Hilton, as were many others.

Because he was an admiral's son, he was offered an early return to the states – he refused. John McCain did his duty until shot down. He suffered in captivity with the other Hilton guests.

He didn’t save the life of others, like JFK, or have his body torn apart by enemy fire like Bob Dole, Tammy Duckworth or Max Cleland. To me, honoring Sen. McCain’s service honors all Vietnam veterans. There were plenty of real heroes in Vietnam.

Many thousands died or were maimed for what most believed was a righteous cause. It turned out we lost the war because of political and media interference and, you could say, incompetence by some high-level officers.

Sen. McCain used his service for political gain, as did John Kerry, Al Gore and others. At least they served – didn’t hide in college or behind a skirt, like so many others. I didn’t like some of his political ideas, but John McCain was a man!

Wonder what he really thought about that other really famous Hanoi visitor, Jane Fonda, sitting on an anti-aircraft gun similar to the one that shot him down? Did he ever meet her?

The Supreme Court has made a joke about what the First Amendment really meant when it became law.

God bless John McCain!

Frank Dollinger


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