How CBS News covered John McCain’s 1973 release from the Hanoi Hilton

Throwback Thursday: John McCain’s release

Thursday marked the 46th anniversary of John McCain’s release after being held captive as a prisoner of war at the Hanoi Hilton during the Vietnam War. McCain, who died last year at the age of 81 after a lifetime of service in the military and as a senator, was greeted by a cheering crowd at Clark Airbase in the Philippines on March 14, 1973.

CBS News correspondent Bruce Dunning, who died in 2013, covered the return of McCain and 108 others for “CBS Evening News.” Dunning said witnessing the disembarkment “seemed all too familiar” to people who had watched the first two…

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