Sen. John McCain built his legacy as a 30-plus year senator, acclaimed war hero and defense hawk. In his final months, he embarked on a political tour de force, railing against the deaths of U.S. servicemembers, a military readiness crisis and funding deficiencies, racism and neo-Nazis, and more. He died Saturday at the age of 81.

The McCains: A military legacy

McCain ancestors fought in the American Revolutionary War and for the Confederacy in the Civil War. By the Vietnam War, a McCain or one of their ancestors had fought in every American war.

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