Candidate McCain honors POW — 71 years late

Second Lieutenant John R. Pedevillano was a 22-year-old U.S. Army Air Corps bombardier who flew six combat missions before being shot down by Nazi fighter pilots behind enemy lines over Germany on April 24, 1944.  He and his crewmates were later held as prisoners in the notorious Nazi prison Stalag Luff 7, where they were eventually liberated by Gen. George Patton’s forces.

The young American bombardier’s recognition has been a long time coming. He‘s now 93.  But John McCain, joined by Gen. Larry Spencer, Vice Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force, is honoring him in a ceremony today —- presenting him with the Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf Cluster.

As the Arizona senator gears up for his sixth six-year senate reelection campaign, retired Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Pedevillano provides the opportunity to showcase McCain’s own service and imprisonment during the Vietnam war as the unpopular politician faces 2016 challengers. 

Honoring the valiant wartime missions and ordeals of Lieutenant Pedevillano is laudable. The timing and political aspects are suspect.

14 Responses to Candidate McCain honors POW — 71 years late

  1. William Heuisler says:

    Evan Mecham was shot over Germany in 1945 and held prisoner of war until VE Day.
    Where is the ceremony for Mecham?
    John McCain lied about Governor Evan Mecham in 1987 – said he was corrupt. Mecham was then impeached on the basis of McCain’s lie. Courts later found Evan Mecham was not guilty of McCain’s lie.
    Where is the McCain ceremony for Governor Evan Mecham?

    How does that lying piece of excrement, McCain, have the nerve to pimp publicity on such an issue. Did he think we had forgotten?

  2. Fought For My Country says:

    John McCain has done everything in his power to block the release of information on American Vietnam era MIAs. This video is filled with important information from irate US Senators and Representatives about McCain’s peculiar actions to classify the documents making them unavailable. What is he hiding and why???

    • Conservative Since Birth says:

      That video sums up McCain very nicely and we should forward it to everybody we know. And we think Jane Fonda was bad.

      McCain has led a charmed life right up until now – with his many reelections to the Senate when he didn’t deserve it. There is something seriously wrong with him. (And the voters I would add.)

      He was on Hugh Hewitt’s show yesterday and sounded like he was put on some strong anti-depressants. Hewitt enthusiastically endorsed the old codger on the air. When asked if Lindsey Graham and Hillary were the nominees for president – who he would vote for and the old SOB said laughingly (?) ‘that would be a time when I didn’t vote.’

      He’s still in our face. The evil McCain must go. I’m tired of putting up with his antics at almost 80 years of age. Don’t mean to brag, but the only time I ever voted for him was in 2008. Now if we could only get friends and neighbors on the bandwagon. He doesn’t deserve their vote. He deserves his just desserts if you know what I mean.

      • Attila The Hunny says:

        I’m not surprised Hugh Hewitt would endorse John McCain. Hewitt is an establishment tool who frequenty interfers in Arizona races. He also gave numerous on-air endorsements to lying Ben Quayle (aka “Brock Landers”) over David Schweikert when he had endorsed Schweikert in the previous congressional election.

        During that time I attended a Hillsdale College event in Scottsdale where Hewitt was the featured speaker. After his presentation, I overheard an attendee ask him about his change of heart endorsement. Hewitt’s answer was “The Vice President and I are very close friends.” The questioner responded to that by saying, “When the Vice President runs then you should endorse him.” Hewitt quickly turned away and began greeting others.

  3. Matt DeGennaro says:

    I found this article about this remarkable man in the Maryland Gazette:
    http://www.gazette.net/article/20150526/NEWS/150529464/1095/good-counsel-students-get-a-lesson-in-history&template=gazette
    He could offer the trickster McCain a few life lessons!

  4. MacBeth says:

    God bless the retired WWII hero. I mean him no disrespect. But honoring him at this late date and coinciding with the campaign is clearly an action calculated to benefit John McCain.

  5. Kent says:

    This stunt will play well with the older voters who buy into McCain’s hero stories. Many of those who served with him tell it differently.

    • Amanda says:

      He’s my grandfather and actually it was set up by our family. I was going through his war book and his medals and realized there were medals that weren’t awarded to him that should have been. We reached out to people and it is because it’s well deserved, not for publicity.

      • Kent says:

        Amanda,
        I echo MacBeth’s comment. Neither this post nor those of us who have written have indicated that your grandfather was seeking publicity. He served our country honorably and should have been recognized for his efforts decades ago. This opportunity to honor your grandfather is a political benefit for McCain as he runs for reelection. .

        Watch the video accompanying the comment from “Fought For My Country.” You might not be aware that John McCain has personally done everything in his power to shut down requests for information on Vietnam era POWs and MIAs.

        You don’t indicate where you live, but many here in Arizona have had their fill of John McCain. He’s running for reelection and though he runs as a Republican, he continually votes with the Democrats. Regardless of your political persuasion, it’s unlikely you would respect that from someone supposedly representing either party. He was first elected in 1982 and will be 80 by election day, but can’t bring himself to retire and be out of the limelight and is running for another six year term!!

        He was censured by AZ Republican elected officials at their state meeting and retaliated against them by conspiring with liberals to purge many of these hard working individuals from their unpaid intra-party posts.
        http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/248414/mccain-using-obama-san-francisco-donor-purge-daniel-greenfield

        Your grandfather makes me proud. John McCain makes me sick.

      • American Dad says:

        He wins with the support of the pro-amnesty for illegal aliens crowd who prefer cheap labor to hiring American citizens. Lobbyists love McCain. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s married to a multimillionaire beer heiress. During his presidential campaign when asked how many homes he had, he told the reporter he’d have to get back to him on that. Can you imagine owning so many homes you couldn’t keep track of them?

  6. Arizona Conservative Guy says:

    My hope is that Dr. Kelli Ward will announce a challenge to John McAmnesty. The Lake Havasu state senator is a conservative and can run circles around him in the raw intelligence arena. What a clear cut choice she would present!! She’s opened an exploratory campaign. Send her what you can. We will have no right to complain if we don’t encourage her. A successful U.S. Senate campaign needs money to be competitive…. especially against money-bags McCain.

  7. azgary says:

    my little Maricopa made drudge and breitbart LOL
    Illegal Immigrant Deported 6 Times Charged in Felony Hit-and-Run of Family that Injured Young Children
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/07/illegal-immigrant-deported-6-times-charged-in-felony-hit-and-run-of-family-that-injured-young-children/
    although inmaricopa changed their headline after many commenters decried the cover up of it being an illegal alien
    2 children injured in Papago Road crash; 6-time deportee charged
    http://www.inmaricopa.com/Article/2015/07/06/2-children-injured-in-papago-crash

  8. Night Owl says:

    Simply put, McCain’s a user and not a very reputable person. Those hard facts don’t keep Robert Graham from dancing to his tune. What’s the back story to that connection? It must be a doozy!