Navy Commendation Medal second award - John McCain

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THE SECRETARY OF THE NAVY
WASHINGTON D. C. 20350

The Secretary of the Navy takes pleasure in presenting the NAVY COMMENDATION MEDAL (Gold Star in lieu of Second Award) to

COMMANDER JOHN S. MC CAIN III
UNITED STATES NAVY

for service as set forth in the following

CITATION:
For meritorious service during the period 1968 to 1970 while interned as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam. During his years of confinement in the Prison Camp Plantation, he served as an example of inspirational leadership and as a source of aggressive motivation to those associated with him. Although crippled from serious and ill-treated injuries, he steadfastly refused a "no commitment" release to freedom offered by his captors. His selfless action served as an example to others and his forthright refusal, by giving emphasis to the insidious nature of such releases, may have prevented a possibly chaotic deterioration in prisoner discipline. His singularly distinctive accomplishment and devotion to duty reflected credit upon himself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the Naval service and the United States Armed Forces.

The Combat Distinguishing Device is authorized.

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