Sen. McCain Remembers Being Shot Down With a Bit of Humor

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., waits to speak during a campaign visit to support Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at the Bay of Pigs Museum and Library on Thursday. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Most Intercepts readers know the story about Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., getting shot down in his A-4E ground-attack aircraft during the Vietnam War, and his subsequent ordeal as a prisoner of war.

The stories of McCain’s experiences as a POW are chilling.

But the Senate Armed Services Committee’s top Republican has a very underrated dry wit, which he flashed in a Friday (Oct. 26) Tweet on the anniversary of crashing over Hanoi:

“45 years ago today I intercepted a surface-to-air missile with my own airplane over Hanoi!”

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett