10 facts you must know of ‘The white tornado’ John McCain

"John McCain breathed his last at the age of 81 after battling cancer for more than a year. If you’re wondering who the man is, here’s some interesting facts about him. "

"John Sidney McCain III hailed from an army family. His father, John McCain Jr. and his grandfather, John McCain Sr. made the US’ first father-son pair in naval history. "

"McCain had not one but numerous nicknames thanks to his love for wrestling. In high school, the legend was called either ‘Punk’ or ‘McNasty’ for his wrestling. Blame it on his premature gray hair, he was also called ‘the white tornado’."

"Like his father and grandfather, McCain too became of a part of the US Naval army. He attended the United States Naval Academy and graduated in 1958. "

"• McCain married twice and is survived by seven children including one adopted daughter. Two of his sons, Jimm and Jack, are keeping the family’s military tradition alive. "

"His tenure as a military man lasted almost 23 years (1958 to 1981). He then penned his autobiography titled ‘Faith of My Fathers’ sharing his experience of serving in Vietnam. "

"The list of awards won by McCain is endless. He was honoured with awards like the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Navy Commendation, and Prisoner of War. He is also a Liberty Medal holder which was conferred to him in 2017. And these are only a few. "

"He entered politics in the year 1977 and served as the Navy’s liaison to the US Senate. He then served in Congress as the US representative for Arizona’s 1st Congressional District and went on to become a US senator for Arizona began in 1987."

"McCain first made an appearance on NBC’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 2002. "

"The next step for him was to contest for presidential elections. He ran for president twice, once in 2000 and then in 2008. He stood against George W Bush the first time while during his second attempt, he was defeated by Barack Obama. "

"In 2017, McCain was diagnosed with brain cancer and had undergone a surgery to remove the blood clot. "

 

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