John McCain became widely known to Americans, after he was taken by the North Vietnamese as a prisoner of war (POW) in 1967.
More than 50 years after he was taken captive, Arizona's Family traveled to Vietnam and found that McCain's name and story is still alive in Hanoi.
While much of the war took place in the jungle and mountains, McCain's plane was shot down right over the city of Hanoi during a bombing mission to take out a power plant.
McCain's plane crashed into Truc Bach Lake which was built with a dike centuries ago to raise fish.
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Now, the area around the lake is built-up with businesses and restaurants, but in 1967, it had been badly damaged by bombings during the war.
McCain landed in the lake with a number of broken bones. The Vietnamese claim locals dove in to save McCain, who was tangled in his parachute.
While they did pull him from the water, they also beat him severely, and took him captive.
From the lake, it's less than two miles to the infamous Hoa Lo Prison complex, which US POWs nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton."
Most of the old prison was torn down. The remaining part is now a museum, which mostly focuses on French colonial rule.
A small part is dedicated to the Vietnam War, and as expected, the museum tells a much gentler story of the lives of the American captives. Videos and photos show "kind" treatment of the POWs, featuring them celebrating holidays and playing sports.
McCain's parachute and flight suit are on display in one room.
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Some of the old cells are left untouched, and are still dark and dirty, presumably the way they were 50 years ago, when Americans were held inside.
McCain spent five and a half years at the prison.
When the North Vietnamese learned his father, a Navy admiral, was put in charge of the United States Pacific Command, they offered to release McCain.
Sensing the move would be used for propaganda purposes, and not wanting to leave the other POWs behind, McCain refused release.
He was tortured, and spent the next several years in solitary confinement.
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The prison museum also shows photos of McCain's return to Hanoi in 1985, as a member of congress. McCain became a proponent of opening and improving relations between Vietnam and the United States.
He's also visited the stone monument, built near the crash site at the lake, which 50 years later is still a tourist attraction for people around the world.
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