ANNAPOLIS, Md. – It will be a fitting final resting place for a man who appreciates military service, appreciates friendship and has little patience for formalities.
Sen. John McCain, the Arizona Republican who died of brain cancer on Saturday, is buried on a grassy hill in the cemetery of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis alongside a lifelong friend within earshot of the next generation Midshipmen and in sight of the shores of the Severn River.
The senator's election was another that showed its brand individuality. McCain, who died on Saturday after the brain tumor fight, chose the remote spot over the grandeur and solemnity of Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia, where his father and grandfather – both admirals – are buried. Instead, the decorated Vietnam War veteran, former prisoner of war and six-time senator, opted for a front-line position alongside his friend Chuck Larson, who was himself an admiral and ally during McCain's remarkable life.
"Near where our paths crossed first," McCain wrote in his memoirs of the site.
McCain's office said on Sunday that Larson, who died in 2014, had reserved four plots of land on the site – for himself, McCain and her wives, both widows now. 19659003] Grunts and screams of dozens of trained midshipmen floating on the Forrest Sherman Field from the grassy spot float to the grave site. In addition, crew crews are running around the peninsula, which has served as the cemetery of the Naval Academy since at least 1868. Boats sail past, and occasional car horns from the nearby Baltimore Boulevard Bridge interrupt the peace.
On Saturday, when McCain spent his last hours surrounded by family at his ranch in Arizona, his grave was already marked. "Section 8 1704 McCain" read a handwritten sign on a wooden post and noted the section and grave number next to Larson's grave.
An orange traffic cone sat between two wooden posts, a post that might have amused McCain's inconspicuous placement for a former presidential candidate among the elegant, weathered gravestones.
McCain and Larson's friendship began at the Academy, where McCain ranked near the lower class of the 1958 class. His best friend, Larson, ended nearby, He received his diploma and personal congratulations from President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
They were roommates by the flight school. Larson went on to become commander-in-chief of the Pacific forces. He was the second youngest admiral in history. Larson was twice named Superintendent of the Naval Academy, the last time in 1994 to restore morale following the biggest scam in his history
McCain was shot down over Vietnam and tortured for five and a half years as a prisoner of war. After his return to the United States, he was elected to the House of Representatives in 1982 and to the Senate in 1986. In 2000 and 2008, he ran unsuccessfully for the president.
His rebellious nature sometimes frustrated his political allies and strained friendships. But Larson and McCain remained "closest friends," McCain wrote.
McCain spoke at the academy when Larson, who died of leukemia at the age of 77, was ready to leave in 1998.
During the speech, McCain told the Midshipmen that the friendship was "one of the great honors of my life." But then McCain realized that he did not like to think about the differences between them, such as the fact that Larson was "destined for greatness." McCain said he preferred to think of a night during their senior year at the academy, during which Larson served in a leadership position and McCain was "as usual, engaged in the kind of officially prohibited activity (Larson) expected , Report to."
In particular, McCain hosted a secret party where his team watched a fight on television Larson was present When an officer approached, the party members stuffed Larson into a crawl space
"I always like to remember Chuck, who crept into my closet, in his formal blue uniform, his sword at his side …. "McCain recalls the public.
Then McCain turned seriously to
" Neither I nor the Navy or the Academy say goodbye today, "McCain said on the Senate website," Adoptions are impossible. We've been too close for too long to separate now. "
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