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Kentucky Man Remembers John McCain’s Release

Posted: 6:41 PM, Aug 31, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-31 18:41:03-04

(LEX 18)– The day John McCain and the remaining POWs were freed from Vietnam remains an emotional day in history, one that a Lexington man got to see first-hand while he was serving in the military.

Retired Chief Master Sergeant Scott Lyons can’t help but reflect on his service to our country, he is a military man all around. He was a Marine and a member of the Air Force.

Because of his long military career, he has seen and done many important things, but one day specifically stands out in his mind, March 14, 1973.  This was the day that Prisoners of War, including Navy Pilot John McCain, were released from captivity.

“The moment they walked on the plane, of course, at that moment we just had the pictures. I mean, the guys just exploded,” said Lyons. “They were just elated. I mean, you could just see it in them. Just unbelievable.”

Lyons said that his role was small when the men were first brought to the Philippines. He was there to make sure there was enough equipment to get the job done, but that role allowed him to see many American heroes come home.

“I feel very fortunate to have been in a position to have been able to take part in that,” said Lyons.

Senator Mccain died on August 25, 2018.