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John McCain

Future Sen. John McCain as toddler, sits on sofa with sister Sandy in a reproduction of a family photo, circa 1938. (Photo: Terry Ashe/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

John McCain: A life in pictures

John McCain led a storied life as a Navy pilot and war hero, United States senator and presidential candidate. Still bearing the scars of six years of captivity in North Vietnam — during which he refused an offer of early release while his fellow prisoners were still being held — he waged a courageous battle against the brain cancer that finally killed him at the age of 81. Here are some images from that life.

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