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John McCain's Former Jailer As A Prisoner Of War In Vietnam Pays His Respects With Touching Tribute

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Trần Trọng Duyệt is the retired colonel who ran the Hỏa Lò Prison that John McCain was held in for 5 1/2 years.

After Senator McCain's passing, Duyet spoke out about his fondness for the American hero.

"I had a lot of time meeting him when he was kept in the prison.

"At that time I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance. Later on, when he became a US Senator, he and Senator John Kerry greatly contributed to promote Việt Nam-US relations so I was very fond of him.

"When I learnt about his death early this morning, I feel very sad. I would like to send condolences to his family. I think it's the same feeling for all Vietnamese people as he has greatly contributed to the development of Việt Nam - US relations."

McCain was an integral player in improving and normalizing relations between the U.S and Vietnam.

He promoted humanitarian issues, such as removing unexploded devices left by the war, and, in 1994, the economic sanction against Vietnam was lifted thanks to a bill sponsored by himself and John Kerry.

Hà Kim Ngọc, the U.S. Ambassador to Vietnam, called McCain a "symbol of the Vietnam-U.S. reconciliation process."

Twitter feels that Duyet's condolences are probably the strongest evidence of McCain's character.

Others have noted the juxtaposition of McCain's captor's sentiments and the president's.

McCain was a true American hero and should be remembered as such.

H/T: Slate, Vietnam News