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Laurie Kellman
A wooden spike marks the spot, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2018, where Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. will be buried on the grounds of the U. S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. McCain is set to be buried next to his best friend, Adm. Chuck Larson, from his days at the U.S. Naval Academy _ and not in Arlington National Cemetery with his father and grandfather. (AP Photo/Laurie Kellman)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Sen. John McCain is to be buried next to his best friend from his days at the U.S. Naval Academy — and not in Arlington National Cemetery with his father and grandfather.

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The Arizona Republican remained best friends with Adm. Chuck Larson throughout his life and attended Larson's funeral in 2014 on a leafy hillside in Annapolis, Maryland.

On Saturday, as McCain entered his final hours, a marker with his name on it stood at the gravesite next to where Larson is buried.

McCain and Larson's friendship began at the academy, where McCain ranked near the bottom of the class of 1958 and Larson finished near the top. They were also roommates through flight school.

The 81-year-old McCain died Saturday of brain cancer at his Arizona ranch.