MANCHESTER, NH– U.S.Senator John McCain’s presidential campaign today announced that Lieutenant Colonel Orson Swindle, USMC (Retired) visited New Hampshire on behalf of the Arizona Senator and met with local leaders and veterans.
While in New Hampshire, Orson Swindle was the featured guest at a New Hampshire Veterans and Leadership for John McCain luncheon. He also participated in the Manchester American Legion Post’s Flag Day Ceremony and attended an American Legion meeting in Londonderry.
“I am honored to come to New Hampshire and meet with veterans and supporters in the state on behalf of my friend John McCain,” Mr. Swindle said. “I have never known John to be anything short of a man with the utmost courage and conviction. He has dedicated his life to serving his country and I look forward to the day that he leads our great nation from the White House.”
Mr. Swindle was a POW in Vietnam from 1966-1973 and was John McCain's cellmate in the infamous “Hanoi Hilton.”
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Awarded more than 20 military decorations for valor in combat, including two Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, two Legions of Merit and two Purple Hearts, Mr. Swindle retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in 1979 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He went on to serve as a Federal Trade Commissioner from 1997 to 2005. From 1981 to 1989, he worked as an appointee in the Reagan Administration.