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🇺🇸 Senator John Sidney McCain III was asked what he wants on his tombstone.

  • It was January 2015, and the Arizona Republican had just become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
  • He was — as the N.Y. Times says after his death at age 81, after a battle with brain cancer — "a proud naval aviator who climbed from depths of despair as a prisoner of war in Vietnam to pinnacles of power as a Republican congressman and senator from Arizona and a two-time contender for the presidency."
  • His answer to the N.Y. Times' Sheryl Gay Stolberg: "He served his country."

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