- A Silver Star Medal-- for resisting "extreme mental and physical cruelties" inflicted upon him by his captors from late October to early December 1967, the early months of his captivity, according to the citation. McCain was repeatedly tortured during his more than five years of captivity "in an attempt to obtain military information and false confessions for propaganda purposes."
- Navy Commendation Medal--His captors held him in solitary confinement and tortured him. They offered him early release for his cooperation. He declined, urging instead the release of others who had been held in captivity no longer than him. "His selfless action served as an example to others and his forthright refusal, by giving emphasis to the insidious nature of such releases, may have prevented a possibly chaotic deterioration in prisoner discipline," the citation says.
- He received 17 awards and decorations in total. In addition to the Silver Star Medal, he received the Legion of Merit with a combat "V" and one gold star, a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Bronze Star Medal with a combat "V" and two gold stars. The citations refer to his "accurate ordnance delivery" and his "aggressive and skillful airmanship." He earned his Bronze Star the day before he was shot down, for participating in a mission over an airfield in Phuc Yen, 11 miles north of Hanoi.
- The Distinghished Flying Cross--"Although his aircraft was severely damaged, he continued his bomb delivery pass and released his bombs on the target. When the aircraft would not recover from the dive, Commander McCain was forced to eject over the target."
- As a congressional liaison for the Navy, he received the Legion of Merit--He was praised for providing Navy leaders "with sage advice and sound judgment for enacting critical legislation during a period of severe fiscal constraint."
- McCain attended the U.S. Naval Academy from 1954 to 1958, and was commissioned as an ensign in June of that year.
- McCain retired in 1981 with the rank of Captain.
Nothing here to look at. Let's talk about Obama's work as a "community organizer" in Chicago and his book, "Dreams of My Father". He's about the future and change. McCain is about the past. Or so we're told.