AP WAS THERE: John McCain released after 5½ years as a POW

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — In October 1967, John McCain was a 31-year-old Navy lieutenant commander on his 23rd bombing round over North Vietnam when he was shot out of the sky and taken prisoner. McCain, who died Saturday at age 81, was held 5½ years as a prisoner of war.

The following story was written by Associated Press photojournalist Horst Faas on March 14, 1973, when McCain was released:

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The North Vietnamese officer called out to each group of American prisoners arriving at Gia Lam...

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