In the words of Secretary of War, Edwin M. Stanton Now, he belongs to the ages, and so the same can now be said regarding another historical figure John Sidney McCain III, who passed from this life at 4:28 pm today, August 25, 2018.

Secretary Stanton was, of course, referring to President Abraham Lincoln when he died the morning following his assassination in Fords Theatre. Like Lincoln, John McCain served his country and while never achieving presidential status, became a great statesman who will be remembered well by history.

Following a devil-may-care attitude during his career at the US Naval Academy, McCain became a Naval Aviator, fighter pilot, a survivor of the USS Forrestal incident, prisoner of war and eventually a tell-it-like-he-sees-it senator willing to reach across the aisle to compromise with his loyal opposition.

McCain died a little over a year after announcing he'd been diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain tumor, the family announced he was discontinuing treatment earlier this week.

At the time of his passing, he was surrounded at the bedside by his wife Cindy and their family including daughter Meghan McCain, a cable television news regular.

A release from McCains office said: At his death, he had served the United States of America faithfully for sixty years...

John McCain was born on August 29th,1936 and was just days shy of his 82nd birthday.

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