Lt. Cmdr. John McCain returns from captivity in North Vietnam, 1973
Published: February 25, 2013
Don Gunn ©Stars and Stripes
Clark Air Base, Philippines, March, 1973: Lt. Cmdr. John S. McCain III steps down from a plane that brought him back to freedom after 5½ years in a North Vietnamese prison. Press reports noted that McCain — one of 108 ex-POWs arriving at Clark that day — appeared to be favoring his right leg, which was broken when his plane was was shot down on October 26, 1967. Among those greeting the future U.S. senator was Adm. Noel Gayler, who succeeded McCain's father, Adm. John S. McCain, Jr., as commander-in-chief, Pacific.