Troubling questions hover over Lt. Cmdr. McCain’s actions in the catastrophic 1967 fire aboard the aircraft carrier Forrestal and the period immediately afterward. His later accounts of events following the accident also raise issues. American voters, after hearing so much from the senator’s campaign about his military record, deserve to know all the facts.
Mary Hershberger is a historian and author of “Jane Fonda’s War” and other books. She is a recipient of the Binkley-Stephenson award, given annually for the best scholarly article in the Journal of American History.