Skip to comments.War Hero Bud Day Dies at 88
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.
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Thank You, Col. Bud Day... Wheels up!
Want to read an exceptional book about Misty FAC’s? Read, “Bury Us Upside Down So The World Can Kiss Our Ass”. The Mistys 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.
I met him at wright-Patt in 1970’s. What a great man, we will see him again! Amen!
A great man that I first became aware of via the Swift Vets and POW’s for Truth. Some videos that Day participated in...
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.
RIP Colonel. Thank you for your service and may G-D be with you.
Rest in peace, sir
“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.
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.
I will say AMEN to your post and rest in peace Colonel Day all your offspring stand proud
FRiends: Check out the posts on this thread - there are several links posted that contain more information about the amazing Colonel Bud Day.
Thanks for the heads up!
By all accounts, a great, great man.
May Perpetual Light shine upon him.
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”
..Just for the LOVE of FREEDOM..
..Just for the LOVE of FREEDOM..
Col. Day flew the F100 in Nam as did my husband who flew the F100D Super Sabre.
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)
Thanks for the ping!
McCain chokes up on Senate floor recalling Bud Day
..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..
Ping for later .......................................................................................... FRegards
This was a great American an it truly is a sad loss. Now we have Gays and women ready in the military.
Thank God for Bud Day!
Levin was talking about this warrior on Tuesday.
Good on ya flyboy, they quit making ‘em like you.
Sure is dusty in here.
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.