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VFW Remembers Sen. John McCain

A life member of Arizona VFW Post 7401

The 1.7 million-member Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and its Auxiliary are saluting the life of one of their own, U.S. Sen. John S. McCain III, who died this evening, Aug 25. of brain cancer. “The senator is being remembered as a maverick at the U.S. Naval Academy, as a naval aviator, as a five and a half-year prisoner of war, and as a two-term U.S. congressman and six-term U.S. senator from Arizona,” said VFW National Commander B.J. Lawrence. “But we remember Senator McCain as a 32- year Life member of VFW Post 7401 in Chandler, Ariz., and as a staunch supporter of a strong military as well as a champion for our troops, our veterans and their families.”

To recognize that support, McCain was a two-time VFW national award recipient, having been presented the VFW Americanism Award in 1992 and VFW Congressional Award in 1995. He also shared in the receipt of the VFW Armed Forces Award in 1971, which was presented (in absentia) to American POWs in Vietnam. McCain retired from the Navy in 1981 at the rank of Captain. His numerous military decorations and awards include the Silver Star, two Legion of Merits, Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Star Medals, two Purple Hearts, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and the Prisoner of War Medal.

(From VFW National web site)

February’s Speaker Program is a stunner!

February’s Speaker Program is a stunner!Retired Navy Captain Mike Montgomery was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for “heroism in aerial flight on Dec 5th, 1971.” But that doesn’t begin to tell the story of his historic ditching of a P-3 Orion sub-hunter in Subic Bay. It was the first successful ditching of that aircraft, and it’s still talked about today.

Capt. Montgomery’s dramatic and electrifying tale puts you in that airplane with his crew as they struggle to overcome a cascading series of engine failures and systems malfunctions, leading – very quickly – to …. well, you’re just going to have to be there and hear it for yourself.

Come, hear and see what it’s like to make Navy history, with photos of actual damage


Captain Montgomery is a long time resident of Edmonds, where he has operated a disaster planning consulting firm for many years. He is also a frequent contractor for FEMA, in disaster recovery operations all over the country.