It's not like he hasn't done that before.
It was his A-4 that fired the rocket on the Forrestal's deck that damned near ended up sinking the carrier.
Thanking him for his service is thanking him for a mixed blessing...
I’m no fan of McCain and not making excuses but I believe his A-4 was hit by a missile from an aircraft to his rear.
“It was his A-4 that fired the rocket on the Forrestal’s deck that damned near ended up sinking the carrier.” WRONG the Zuni 5 inch rocket that was fired hit the jet NEXT to MacPain’s, MacPain escaped by going hand over hand and dangling and dropping off of the Re-Fueling rod to safety.
I’ve always wondered if the fact that his father was an admiral is what cleared him of any fault in firing the missile. Then the same fact got him special treatment in the Hanoi Hilton. Many of his fellow prisoners hate his guts.