John McCain served in the US Military during the Vietnam War. He was a naval pilot of ground-attack aircraft and was stationed in the Caribbean and Mediterranean Seas. Though at the time of this photograph, he was not fighting in Vietnam, 2 years later he was assigned to a bombing campaign named Operation Rolling Thunder. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal and the Bronze Star for his missions over Vietnam.
Orson Welles called her ‘the most exciting woman in the world’, and cast her as Helen of Troy in his staging of Dr. Faustus. Pictured here in 1957, it’s safe to say she could have been the coolest woman in the world too. Kitt was a successful singer as well as an actress, at a White House luncheon she aired her views on the Vietnam War to Lady Bird Johnson. Her comments put a hold on her career so she focused her energies on Europe and Asia for a time.