In remembrance of Sen. John McCain, 1936-2018, Navy pilot, statesman, maverick. (Ben Murray/Staff)

WASHINGTON — Arizona Sen. John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who became one of the nation’s most prominent defense policy voices, passed away Saturday at the age of 81.

The onetime Navy pilot and longtime lawmaker was among the best known veterans in America, and has arguably been the most influential and consistent military advocate for the Republican Party over the last three decades.

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