Who Are Some Famous Prisoners of War?


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Jean-Paul Sartre, Winston Churchill and John Mccain are three well-known prisoners of war. Sartre was captured by the Germans during World War II, Churchill was a prisoner of the Boers in South Africa, and Mccain was a prisoner in Vietnam.

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After the war, Jean-Paul Sartre eventually became a well-known writer and philosopher whose most famous books were "Being and Nothingness" and "Critique of Dialectical Reason," which was published in 1960. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1964, but he declined to accept it.

Winston Churchill was working as a war correspondent when he was taken prisoner, but he escaped and traveled 300 miles to Mozambique. Churchill had a long career in British politics, beginning with his election to Parliament in 1908, and culminating with his appointment as Prime Minister in May of 1940.

John McCain is well known to Americans as the Republican candidate for president in 2008. McCain's plane was shot down in Vietnam in 1967, where he was a prisoner in the infamous "Hanoi Hilton" until 1973. The Navy awarded him the Silver and Bronze Stars, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Legion of Merit.

Arizona voters elected him to the U.S. Senate in 1986, and as of 2016, he is the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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