Col. George “Bud” Day has passed…

Apparently he died yesterday surrounded by family in Shalimar, FL.  Col. Day was a leader in the vocal minority who was constantly lobbying Congress and others to improve treatment for the Veterans.

Retired Col. George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent 5.5 years as a POW in Vietnam and was Arizona Sen. John McCain’s cellmate, has died at the age of 88, his widow said Sunday.

Day, one of the nation’s most highly decorated servicemen since Gen. Douglas MacArthur and later a tireless advocate for veterans’ rights, died Saturday surrounded by family at his home in Shalimar, after a long illness, Doris Day said.

“He would have died in my arms if I could have picked him up,” she said.

Day received the Medal of Honor for escaping his captors for 10 days after the aircraft he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam. In all, he earned more than 70 medals during service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

He was an enlisted Marine serving in the Pacific during World War II and an Air Force pilot in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

In Vietnam, he was McCain’s cellmate at one camp known as the Plantation and later in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, where he was often the highest-ranking captive. During his imprisonment, the once-muscular, 5-foot-9 Day was hung by his arms for days, tearing them from their sockets. He was freed in 1973 — a skeletal figure of the once dashing fighter pilot. His hands and arms never functioned properly again.

Full article HERE.

He always told it like it was, and fought all the way to SCOTUS for better care for Veterans.

Thank you Colonel for your service both in war and peace, RIP sir and know you will be remembered by all of us you’ve helped…

Thoughts and prayers for his family…


Col. George “Bud” Day has passed… — 11 Comments

  1. America lost a true hero..RIP Sir. Thank you for your life long service

  2. Every single time I read a bio on one of these fine aviators, I’m reminded of the last words in the movie version of “The Bridges at Toko-ri”.

    Where do we find such men?

  3. I learned of Col. Day reading the book “Bury Me Upsidedown”. A most impressive man.

  4. Col Day lived in Shalimar, FL near Eglin AFB in Northwest Florida. Not Miami.

    Had the pleasure of hearing him speak not too long ago and enjoyed it immensely.

  5. .45ACP- Yep, it should be required reading!!!

    Rick- Agreed!

    Sarge- Thanks for the correction!