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War Hero Bud Day Dies at 88
Northwest Florida Daily News ^ | Sunday, July 28, 2013

Posted on 07/28/2013 8:13:17 AM PDT by kristinn

Retired Air Force Colonel Bud Day, a celebrated war hero and veteran's activist, died Saturday. He was 88.

Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, was a prisoner of war in Vietnam for more than five years. He also received the Purple Heart.

William Everett, regional commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said Day was very giving of his free time, attending military ceremonies until his health no longer allowed him to. One of his last appearances was at his own birthday celebration Feb. 24.

"Very, very sad," Everett said, of hearing about Day's death Saturday morning. "It's a very sad moment."

In an email Everett circulated to contacts and members of the MOPH, Everett said the funeral was expected to be Thursday with burial at Barancas National Memorial Cemetery in Pensacola. More details about arrangements were expected to be released Monday, Everett said.

(Excerpt) Read more at nwfdailynews.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: barancas; barancascemetary; budday; medalofhonor; moh; obituary; pow; prisonerofwar; sbvt; veteran
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To: kristinn

Thank You, Col. Bud Day... Wheels up!


51 posted on 07/28/2013 11:52:44 PM PDT by RedHeeler
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To: Alas Babylon!

Want to read an exceptional book about Misty FAC’s? Read, “Bury Us Upside Down So The World Can Kiss Our Ass”. The Misty’s kept their call sign number. Bud was Misty 1. Exceptional group of individuals. Don Shepperd (Misty 34) wrote the book about them and was Director of the Air National Guard (ANG). Dick Rutan (Misty 40) along with Jeana Yeager were the first to fly around the world without refueling or stopping in the Voyager. Ron Fogleman (Misty 86) was Chief of Staff of the AF (CSAF). Tony McPeak (Misty 94) was also CASF.


52 posted on 07/29/2013 5:05:30 AM PDT by Portcall24
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To: Leofl

I met him at wright-Patt in 1970’s. What a great man, we will see him again! Amen!


53 posted on 07/29/2013 7:01:37 AM PDT by Colorado Cowgirl (God bless America!)
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To: kristinn

A great man that I first became aware of via the Swift Vets and POW’s for Truth. Some videos that Day participated in...

http://www.swiftvets.com/videos/theyserved.mov
http://www.swiftvets.com/videos/theyserved.wmv

http://www.swiftvets.com/videos/why.mov
http://www.swiftvets.com/videos/why.wmv


54 posted on 07/29/2013 7:26:40 AM PDT by RingerSIX (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccine that they offer down at our Church.)
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To: rlmorel

Very sad to me...

These gentlemen are giants to me. My father’s generation loved the whole American experience, and lived it daily.

It showed in everything they did.

In this graceless day and age, they are sorely and dearly missed.


55 posted on 07/29/2013 8:56:49 AM PDT by NFHale (The Second Amendment - By Any Means Necessary.)
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To: kristinn

RIP Colonel. Thank you for your service and may G-D be with you.


56 posted on 07/29/2013 5:29:32 PM PDT by Impala64ssa (You call me an islamophobe like it's a bad thing.)
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To: kristinn

Rest in peace, sir


57 posted on 07/29/2013 7:31:13 PM PDT by therightliveswithus
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To: Alas Babylon!

“I remember one time him telling us that while a prisoner in North Vietnam, they would get a half-bowl of maggoty rice that the guards would often piss in.”

Today, their children slave away in factories making tennis shoes. With no end in sight. Karma is a bitch.


58 posted on 07/29/2013 7:39:23 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: NautiNurse

Col Day was one of my heroes from the minute I joined the Air Force over 40 years ago. He went through hell as a POW. My only regret is he would never say a disparaging word about any other POW, and that is certainly an honorable trait. But that included John McCain, who was anything but honorable as a fellow POW. Rest in peace Col Day. Your sacrifices for this nation will never be forgotten.


59 posted on 07/29/2013 8:35:39 PM PDT by NKP_Vet
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To: kristinn

RIP!


60 posted on 07/29/2013 8:42:10 PM PDT by wardaddy (the next Dark Ages are coming as Western Civilization crumbles with nary a whimper)
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To: NKP_Vet

I will say AMEN to your post and rest in peace Colonel Day all your offspring stand proud


61 posted on 07/29/2013 8:46:23 PM PDT by dennisw (The first principle is to find out who you are then you can achieve anything -- Buddhist monk)
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To: StarFan; Dutchy; alisasny; BobFromNJ; BUNNY2003; Cacique; Clemenza; Coleus; cyborg; DKNY; ELS; ...
God bless you and thank you for your service to our great country, Colonel. Rest in Peace...

FRiends: Check out the posts on this thread - there are several links posted that contain more information about the amazing Colonel Bud Day.

62 posted on 07/29/2013 10:44:06 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: nutmeg

Thanks for the heads up!


63 posted on 07/30/2013 6:43:05 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: nutmeg

By all accounts, a great, great man.

R.I.P., sir.
May Perpetual Light shine upon him.


64 posted on 07/30/2013 7:13:06 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Let me hear what God the LORD will speak. -Ps85)
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To: Old Student

A brief correction...Colonel Day was Vice Commander of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin during his last active duty assignment, not the JAG. As you know, Bud Day never minced words and even during that era, he voiced concerns that the “new” generation of Air Force leaders were politicians, not warriors. That sort of straight talk was enough to keep him from reaching flag rank, and it’s a damn shame. Considering the scores of mediocrities that have populated the Air Force’s senior officer corps over the last 40 years, it’s criminal that Bud Day never got one star, let alone two or three.

As for his legal career, he earned a law degree from the University of South Dakota in the late 1940s, before joining the Air Force Reserve, and later, transitioning to active duty. After retiring from the USAF, he returned to private practice in Shalimar, Florida and was an active member of the bar until the final months of his life.

Truly a “Hero Among Heroes”

http://formerspook.blogspot.com/


65 posted on 07/30/2013 7:44:15 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: kristinn
RIP!
66 posted on 07/30/2013 8:50:32 AM PDT by Drawn7979
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To: kristinn

..Just for the LOVE of FREEDOM..


67 posted on 07/30/2013 9:41:33 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; kristinn

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..Just for the LOVE of FREEDOM..

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3048261/posts?page=1

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68 posted on 07/30/2013 9:45:50 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: NautiNurse

Col. Day flew the F100 in Nam as did my husband who flew the F100D Super Sabre.

http://vimeo.com/22241898


69 posted on 07/30/2013 9:54:51 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: All; kristinn; Alamo-Girl; Kathy in Alaska

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Lifetime Selfless Hero DAY =

..FAITH - COURAGE - HONOR - FREEDOM - Personified..

..’The Crusader’ in..

‘OPEN DOORS: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years later’

..by Jamie Howren & Taylor Baldwin Kiland (pages 19-21)

http://www.opendoorsbook.com/

.


70 posted on 07/30/2013 9:58:37 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thanks for the ping!


71 posted on 07/30/2013 10:19:46 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: All; kristinn

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McCain chokes up on Senate floor recalling Bud Day

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/29/mccain-chokes-up-on-senate-floor-recalling-bud-day/

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72 posted on 07/30/2013 10:30:30 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: All; kristinn; Kathy in Alaska; Alamo-Girl

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NEVER FORGET

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..The one thng The LOVE Itself needs more of in this world is ..more LOVE. And that only comes when people ..are FREE..!!! As He now smiles even more broadly, with Colonel George “Bud” Day seated next to Him in Paradise..

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NEVER FORGET

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73 posted on 07/30/2013 10:46:02 AM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: kristinn; ExTexasRedhead

Ping for later .......................................................................................... FRegards


74 posted on 07/30/2013 4:00:34 PM PDT by gonzo ( Buy more ammo, dammit! You should already have the firearms ... FRegards)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

This was a great American an it truly is a sad loss. Now we have Gays and women ready in the military.


75 posted on 07/30/2013 6:32:30 PM PDT by SADMILLIE
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To: ALOHA RONNIE

Thank God for Bud Day!


76 posted on 07/30/2013 7:31:05 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: onyx

Levin was talking about this warrior on Tuesday.

Good on ya flyboy, they quit making ‘em like you.

Sure is dusty in here.


77 posted on 07/31/2013 5:16:24 PM PDT by West Texas Chuck (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That should be a convenience store, not a Government Agency.)
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To: kristinn

My understanding is he was John McCain’s cellmate in Hanoi. He nursed John back to health, and John broke and reset his arm (after the NVA had broken his arm and set it crooked so that he would not fly again).

when Bud Day was examined after he was liberated, the doctor reported that his medical care was satisfactory as his arm was set correctly. He was asked who the doctor was. “Dr. John McCain” Day said, and explained how it got set correctly.

Day almost escaped, making it to the DMZ before being recaptured.

Godspeed.


78 posted on 08/04/2013 11:13:16 PM PDT by donmeaker (Blunderbuss: A short weapon, ... now superceded in civilized countries by more advanced weaponry.)
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