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Vietnam POWs: McCain & Brace

Lt. Commander John S. McCain III, a POW for over five years, waves to well wishers March 18, 1973 after arriving at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Florida.  At left is his wife, and son Doug, who is on crutches after breaking his leg in a soccer game. McCain is the son of Adm. John S. McCain Jr, who commanded the U.S. Forces in the Pacific until his retirement.

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As the longest POW in Vietnam, Ernie Brace likely endured more than any other POW during the war. After years in the jungle, he went to the infamous 'Hanoi Hilton' prison and heard an American voice: Lt. Cmdr. John McCain.