McCain marks 50th anniversary of Vietnam capture

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainAnalysis: Biden victory, Democratic sweep would bring biggest boost to economy The Memo: Trump's strengths complicate election picture Mark Kelly: Arizona Senate race winner should be sworn in 'promptly' MORE (R-Ariz.) on Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of his capture in Vietnam, which led to his five-year imprisonment in Hanoi, where he was tortured.

"Hard to believe 50 years ago today my A-4 Skyhawk was shot down over North Vietnam," McCain wrote in a Facebook post.

"The great honor of my life was to serve in the company of heroes in Vietnam, Americans whose comradery, bravery, and resilience in the face of tremendous hardship inspired us to resist our captors and find strength and hope even in the darkest of hours," he added.


McCain attached a video commemorating the capture, and included comments from other U.S. soldiers he was imprisoned with in what was dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton."

"I met John McCain in the Hanoi prison camps when I watched him through a peep hole in my door," Col. Tom Moe said in the video, adding that McCain displayed "incredible courage and stamina under the most unbelievable conditions." 

"His courage and performance in those days is the bedrock he has based his life on ever since then," Moe continued.

The anniversary of McCain's capture comes as the senator finds himself locked in a bitter feud with President Trump, who has invoked McCain's capture in the past, implying that it is a weakness.

“He was a war hero because he was captured,” then-candidate Trump said in 2015, adding “I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain issued a warning against "spurious nationalism" and the dangers of the U.S. abdicating its global leadership responsibilities during a speech last week, in what appeared to be a swipe against Trump and his anti-establishment allies. 

Trump fired back at McCain, saying he could "fight back, and it won't be pretty."

McCain, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor earlier this year, has broken with the Trump administration on a number of key issues, and cast a deciding vote in late July against a scaled-down GOP plan to repeal ObamaCare.