17 Photos To Commemorate John McCain’s Life


Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) died Saturday at the age of 81 following a career of public service that spanned 60 years.

Upon news of his death, tributes poured in as people honored his military service, Senate career and more.

Below, see photos from some big moments in McCain’s life:


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    Then-U.S. Navy Lt. Comdr. John McCain is interviewed about his experiences as a prisoner of war during the war in Vietnam on April 24, 1973.


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    Barack Obama, at the time the president-elect of the U.S., meets with his former GOP rival McCain at Obama’s transition offices in Chicago on Nov. 17, 2008.


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    McCain as a young boy with his grandfather, Vice Admiral John S. McCain Sr., and father, Commander John S. McCain Jr., in a family photo from the 1940s.


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    McCain confers with Sens. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) during remarks to the press outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington on Dec. 16, 2005. The senators were often referred to as the “three amigos.”


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    Then-President Richard Nixon greets former Vietnam prisoner of war John McCain at a pre-POW dinner reception in Washington on May 24, 1973.


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    McCain in 2008, during one of his three appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman.”


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    This reproduction of a family photo shows McCain in military uniform at his sister Sandy’s wedding in the late 1950s.


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    McCain talks to his wife on the speaker phone in his Senate office.


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    Members of the McCain family attend the christening of USS John S McCain (DDG-56), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, in Bath, Maine, on Sept. 26, 1992.


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    McCain stopped by ABC’s “The View” on his daughter Meghan McCain’s birthday.


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    Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) confers with McCain before the start of a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Feb. 10, 2005.


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    McCain, holding recently adopted Bridget, with wife Cindy Hensley, Vice President Dan Quayle and daughter Meghan during Mock Swearing on Jan. 7, 1993.


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    McCain at his home in Phoenix, Arizona.


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    McCain at a rally in the park with his family: daughter Bridget, wife Cindy, sons Jack and Jimmy, and daughter Meghan, on Jan. 31, 2000, in Keene, New Hampshire.


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    McCain and his mother, Roberta McCain, are interviewed by moderator Tim Russert during a taping for a broadcast on the “Meet the Press” website at the NBC Studios on May 13, 2007.


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    McCain as a baby on his grandfather’s lap in a family portrait, circa 1936. Also pictured are his sister, father and mother.


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    McCain talks with Marines at Camp Fallujah outside of Fallujah, Iraq.





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