September 11. 2018 10:33PM

My McCain stories

To the Editor: I first met John McCain at a Memorial Day service at Sunapee Beach in 1999. After he threw a memorial ring into the water and started back up the hill, I walked up to him, introduced myself and told him that I, too, had been a pilot in Vietnam. He looked at me, put his hands on my shoulders, and said, “You were obviously a much better pilot than I was.” We both started laughing and that began a bond to this day.

In the early days of the 2000 campaign, I drove McCain all over the state of New Hampshire for six months, before the crowds grew. The most fun was in the early days when we would just sit around at an American Legion hall in the evening and shoot the... breeze. We had a ball, just a couple of Navy airplane drivers doing what all pilots do.

I wasn’t able to help him in the 2008 campaign but ran into him one time. I ran into McCain during the 2008 campaign in Manchester. He saw me come in, got up, and came over to me saying how he was happy to see an old friend.

Was John McCain a friend of mine? You bet! I will always remember those days on the campaign with him. In spite of all the bad things said about him from time to time, I still do and always will consider him a true hero.