McCain Will Receive Honor Given to Only 30 Other Americans

And the former head of the Vietnam prison that held him as POW feels 'very sad'
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2018 2:00 AM CDT
Updated Aug 27, 2018 5:57 AM CDT

(Newser) – It's not every day an interview in the Viet Nam News makes US headlines, but it's appropriate in the aftermath of Sen. John McCain's death. Slate picked up the article, which expresses condolences from retired Col. Tran Trong Duyet, who ran the Hoa Lo Prison where McCain was kept for more than five years as a prisoner of war. Duyet has long denied that McCain was tortured in the prison, and in his new comments he said he felt "very sad" to hear of McCain's death and remembered him fondly: "I liked him personally for his toughness and strong stance." The latest on McCain's funeral arrangements:

  • McCain will lie in state at the US Capitol on Friday, with an 11am ceremony followed by a public viewing from 2 to 8pm. USA Today reports that in 166 years, only 30 people have previously had that same honor. Among those who have lain in state at the Capitol include 11 US presidents, two vice presidents, and the unknown soldiers from World Wars I and II and the Korean and Vietnam Wars. The last person to have had the honor was Sen. Daniel Inouye in 2012.
  • The New York Times reports the honor is given to only the country's "most eminent citizens," and that McCain will be the 13th senator or former senator to lie in state. The practice actually began with a senator: Former House Speaker and Sen. Henry Clay was the first to lie in state in 1852.

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