A poignant tribute: McCain's former Vietnam cellmate, Republican Representative Sam Johnson, honors his friend

Nancy Pelosi helps Republican Rep. Sam Johnson pay tribute to his former Vietnam War cellmate John McCain

Republican lawmaker Sam Johnson rose from his wheelchair to pay tribute to the late Senator John McCain, the man with whom he had shared a cell in Vietnam for 18 months when they were prisoners of war.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assisted Johnson to McCain's coffin during a ceremony honoring the late senator at the rotunda of the US Capitol on Friday.

Johnson got out of his wheelchair and, with a cane in one hand and Pelosi holding the other arm, went to McCain's coffin to say goodbye.

Nancy Pelosi helps Republican Rep. Sam Johnson pay tribute to his former Vietnam War cellmate John McCain

Nancy Pelosi helps Republican Rep. Sam Johnson pay tribute to his former Vietnam War cellmate John McCain

Johnson still has injuries for being a prisoner in Vietnam

Johnson still has injuries for being a prisoner in Vietnam

Johnson still has injuries for being a prisoner in Vietnam

Johnson spent seven years at the Hanoi Hilton when his plane was shot down over Vietnam

Johnson spent seven years at the Hanoi Hilton when his plane was shot down over Vietnam

Johnson spent seven years at the Hanoi Hilton when his plane was shot down over Vietnam

John McCain and Sam Johnson used to have breakfast together once a month

John McCain and Sam Johnson used to have breakfast together once a month

John McCain and Sam Johnson used to have breakfast together once a month

He was one of the first legislators to arrive at the memorial of McCain, sitting quietly in his wheelchair in front of the section where the members of the House were.

Pelosi and several other members of Congress hugged him when they reached the roundabout.

The friendship of Johnson and McCain crossed the chambers of Congress with the two men gathered for breakfast once a month.

They would just "blow the breeze between the House and the Senate," Johnson told Bloomberg News in May.

"I do not think there are many people who can do that," he said. "I'm not sure the Senate and the House are so close together in most of the things we do here."

Johnson is a retired Colonel of the United States Air Force and was a combat pilot decorated in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

He was shot down in Vietnam on April 16, 1966, where he broke his arm and back.

He spent seven years in the "Hanoi Hilton".

His back is stooped, he walks lamely and his right hand is shattered by his wounds. He spent more than three years in solitary confinement for refusing to cooperate with propaganda efforts.

He was released on February 12, 1973 during Operation Homecoming.

Johnson retires from Congress this year after serving in the House of Representatives for 28 years.

Sam Johnson in his Air Force uniform, is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Sam Johnson in his Air Force uniform, is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Sam Johnson in his Air Force uniform, is a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam wars.

Johnson retires from Congress this year

Johnson retires from Congress this year

Johnson retires from Congress this year

At 87, he is the oldest member of the House of Representatives. He is the last veteran of the Korean War in Congress.

Honor McCain as a "true American hero."

"We've lost a true American hero today, John and I were fellow prisoners of war in the Hanoi Hilton and I can testify that he did everything he could to defend freedom and honor our Great Nation, not just in that hell in the land, but beyond those dark years. " Johnson said in a statement after McCain's death.

God bless you, mate, and I greet you. You will not be forgotten. & # 39;

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