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McCain marks 40th anniversary of POW release

usatodayCatalina Camia, USA TODAY, 11:33a.m. EDT March 14, 2013

McCain spent more than five years as a POW. As a senator, he has worked to strengthen ties between the U.S. and Vietnam.

(photo AP)

(photo AP)

On this date 40 years ago, John McCain and 107 of his military brothers were released from a Vietnamese prison.

The Arizona senator marked the anniversary of his release as a prisoner of war in a somber op-ed inThe Wall Street Journal published Thursday. The commentary reflected on the friendships he forged with his fellow POWs, as well as with the Vietnamese people since his release, and his hopes for human rights improvements by the country’s Communist government.

“I’ve made friends with people who were once my enemies. I’ve become fond of a place I once detested,” wrote McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee. Continue reading