Prisoner of war
John McCain's capture and subsequent imprisonment began on October 26, 1967. He was flying his 23rd bombing mission over North Vietnam when his A-4E Skyhawk was shot down by a missile over Hanoi. McCain fractured both arms and a leg ejecting from the aircraft, and nearly drowned when he parachuted into Truc Bach Lake Some North Vietnamese pulled him ashore, then others crushed his shoulder with a rifle butt and bayoneted him. McCain was then transported to Hanoi's main Hoa Lo Prison, nicknamed the "Hanoi Hilton".
After his capture at the Hanoi Hilton
McCain being pulled from a lake where he parachuted down.. the same people save him from probable drowning.. were also his enemy. They didnt save his life because its the right way, the saved him to punish him for his crimes. Later the same people stripped him naked and beat him.
Excerpt from a book
A rifle butt smashed his shoulder, a bayonet entered his ankle, another one entered his groin.. Stripped naked he was lying on the ground, when a woman, possibly a nurse, fought her way to tha front of the melee and applied sprints to his damaged limbs. As, the truck came to take McCain away, she held a cup of tea to his lips. These were the last kind of gestures he would know for sometime to come. The scene of his capture, recorded by photographers, would make frontpage news back in the United States. He was take to the notorious Hanoi Hilton.