John McCain

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  1. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    From a speech made by Capt. John S. McCain, US, (Ret) who represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate:

    As you may know, I spent five and one half years as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War. In the early years of our imprisonment, the NVA kept us in solitary confinement or two or three to a cell. In 1971 the NVA moved us from these conditions of isolation into large rooms with as many as 30 to 40 men to a room. This was, as you can imagine, a wonderful change and was a direct result of the efforts of millions of Americans on behalf of a few hundred POWs 10,000 miles from home.
    One of the men who moved into my room was a young man named Mike Christian. Mike came from a small town near Selma, Alabama. He didn't wear a pair of shoes until he was 13 years old. At 17, he enlisted in the US Navy. He later earned a commission by going to Officer Training School. Then he became a Naval Flight Officer and was shot down and captured in 1967. Mike had a keen and deep appreciation of the opportunities this country-and our military-provide for people who want to work and want to succeed. As part of the change in treatment, the Vietnamese allowed some prisoners to receive packages from home. In some of these packages were handkerchiefs, scarves and other items of clothing. Mike got himself a bamboo needle.
    Over a period of a couple of months, he created an American flag and sewed on the inside of his shirt. Every afternoon, before we had a bowl of soup, we would hang Mike's shirt on the wall of the cell and say the Pledge of Allegiance. I know the Pledge of Allegiance may not seem the most important part of our day now, but I can assure you that in that stark cell it was indeed the most important and meaningful event.
    One day the Vietnamese searched our cell, as they did periodically, and discovered Mike's shirt with the flag sewn inside, and removed it. That evening they returned, opened the door of the cell, and for the benefit of all us, beat Mike Christian severely for the next couple of hours.
    Then, they opened the door of the cell and threw him in. We cleaned him up as well as we could. The cell in which we lived had a concrete slab in the middle on which we slept. Four naked light bulbs hung in each corner of the room. As said, we tried to clean up Mike as well as we could. After the excitement died down, I looked in the corner of the room, and sitting there beneath that dim light bulb with a piece of red cloth, another shirt and his bamboo needle, was my friend, Mike Christian. He was sitting there with his eyes almost shut from the beating he had received, making another American flag.
    He was not making the flag because it made Mike Christian feel better. He was making that flag because he knew how important it was to us to be able to Pledge our allegiance to our flag and country.
    So the next time you say the Pledge of Allegiance, you must never forget the sacrifice and courage that thousands of Americans have made to build our nation and promote freedom around the world.
    You must remember our duty, our honor, and our country.

    "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
     
  2. gottagetabigun

    gottagetabigun New Member

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    i sincerely appreciate the sacrafice and dedication of you and all of our service men and women. they are prayed for regularly. i had a great uncle that survived the bataan death march.
     

  3. 1sporticus

    1sporticus Active Member

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    A good and true story,makes a feller humble to think of all of the sacrifices made in his/our behalf. I'd be more than proud to serve with either of them, at least I wouldn't have to worry about being left behind. SSgt A. Leffler
     
  4. Wil

    Wil New Member

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    good story brother, much appreciated, god bless america
     
  5. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Yuppers there,Dayton. It seems some have lost all reality as to what this Great Nation is all about. As well as Why we do what we do for those who wont or can't.
     
  6. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    That was a great story dayton, one I will never forget,thank you and all of America`s armed forces for all you do.

    GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
     
  7. bigcat_chaser

    bigcat_chaser New Member

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    Hey thanks Dayton, sure is nice to see some of the good stories, sometimes it seems like good stories like these aren't reported on I guess they just dont have the shock value for news ratings :big_smile:
     
  8. postbeetle

    postbeetle New Member

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    Thank you Dayton. A meaningful story, one we never hear about as much as we should. Just putting it up here has caused it to be seen as it should be. John.
     
  9. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Thank You Datyon GREAT and TRUE Story.J.D.
     
  10. willcat

    willcat New Member

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    Thanks for a great story!!!!!
     
  11. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    there is no doubt that McCain is a true American hero. I know most of us soldiers are going to vote for him. Its time to get a man who knows how we Really Feel. Don't get me wrong, I am an avid supporter of Bush and I think the policy of McCain will be in the right direction. I KNOW I AM NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TOO MUCH POLITICS ON HERE SO I'LL STOP NOW!!!
     
  12. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    never walked a mile in his shoes but i do respect the man and wouldnt mind spending a day or two in a boat with him.
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Dayton Reps to you for a great story. Appreciated.
     
  14. madiaz

    madiaz New Member

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    Greetings,

    I'm not going to even try to say anything about the story because i think only Men and Women who have actually been there and done that can comment. It would be foolish to try to even picture or sympathise with the people who endured that sort of thing because it is probably much harder than one could think. I feel terribly for the Vietnam Vets and todays Troops because the cause is not worthy nor noble. If the Senators and House members had Sons and Daughters fighting and dying right now i'm sure the whole strategy would be analyzed and scrutinized more severely.

    AS far as John McCain is concerned.... I wrote two papers on the Man. It seems that his greatest quality is not really his Patriotism nor his Heroisism. As noble as these are that is not his best quality. His best quality in my opinion is his Honesty. There is no feeling like Trust and even though i disagree with many things he states i have absolute Faith, Trust, and Respect for that Man.

    regards,
    m.a.d.
     
  15. seacatfish

    seacatfish New Member

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    Out of respect, I`m just bumping this up to let it go around again. I appreciate, John McCain.
     
  16. pythonjohn

    pythonjohn New Member Supporting Member

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    I had seen that before but Its nice to see it here.
    Thanks for posting it.
    John
     
  17. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Thanks for the story enjoyed my reading
     
  18. Flintman

    Flintman New Member

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    Thanks Dayton, we need to be reminded of these things once in a while. Great post.