To the Editor:

This is a story about a young Navy officer who spent 6 1/2  years in a North Vietnam POW camp. He didn’t have a Navy father to get him into Annapolis. He came from modest means. He attended OU majoring in Architecture. He was in ROTC and had a Navy scholarship, but also worked waiting tables and washing dishes to get through college.


To the Editor:
This is a story about a young Navy officer who spent 6 1/2  years in a North Vietnam POW camp. He didn’t have a Navy father to get him into Annapolis. He came from modest means. He attended OU majoring in Architecture. He was in ROTC and had a Navy scholarship, but also worked waiting tables and washing dishes to get through college.
After college he went into the Navy and being a bit of a dare devil, he trained to fly fighter jets. He never tried to get out of going to Vietnam as those with influential parents did. (Need I say George W. Bush?) On his second tour of duty just before Christmas in 1966, his plane was shot down over North Vietnam. His family had no word of him for the next three years.
He went through the same torture, humiliations, isolation and loneliness as John McCain. Over 500 other men went through the same treatment and none would have accepted an offer to come home without the rest. This is not just a ‘John McCain’ thing. They are all heroes. Upon release, this Navy officer came home and got on with his life. He went back to school, got his masters, married, had children and finished his years in the Navy before pursuing his architecture career.
He seldom speaks of his time in POW camps. He is an outstanding person, patriotic and loyal to his county. He is my brother and I am extremely proud of him.
However, the years between POW days and today also determine the kind of person they are. Everything Jo Davis said about John McCain is true. He has been less than honorable in his first marriage, less than honorable as a senator and has a poor voting record. The last couple of months he has conducted his campaign in a less than honorable way. His choice of a running mate, who is in no way qualified to be president, shows very poor judgment  and a lack of concern for for this country he claims to care so much about. Obama shows the intelligence, temperament and concern we need in a president.
Kay Anderson
Shawnee