RIP Colonel Bud Day, MOH

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RIP Colonel Bud Day, MOH

Sad news as the living Medal of Honor ranks are thinned:

Retired Col. George (Bud) Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who spent more than five 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, Fla., after a long illness.

His Medal of Honor Citation:

On 26 August 1967, Col. Day was forced to eject from his aircraft over North Vietnam when it was hit by ground fire. His right arm was broken in 3 places, and his left knee was badly sprained. He was immediately captured by hostile forces and taken to a prison camp where he was interrogated and severely tortured. After causing the guards to relax their vigilance, Col. Day escaped into the jungle and began the trek toward South Vietnam. Despite injuries inflicted by fragments of a bomb or rocket, he continued southward surviving only on a few berries and uncooked frogs. He successfully evaded enemy patrols and reached the Ben Hai River, where he encountered U.S. artillery barrages. With the aid of a bamboo log float, Col. Day swam across the river and entered the demilitarized zone. Due to delirium, he lost his sense of direction and wandered aimlessly for several days. After several unsuccessful attempts to signal U.S. aircraft, he was ambushed and recaptured by the Viet Cong, sustaining gunshot wounds to his left hand and thigh. He was returned to the prison from which he had escaped and later was moved to Hanoi after giving his captors false information to questions put before him. Physically, Col. Day was totally debilitated and unable to perform even the simplest task for himself. Despite his many injuries, he continued to offer maximum resistance. His personal bravery in the face of deadly enemy pressure was significant in saving the lives of fellow aviators who were still flying against the enemy. Col. Day's conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.

RIP sir. 


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He was a true hero and he earned much more respect by fellow soldiers than anyone from the Viet Nam War era. He exemplified what constitutes a hero. May he be with our God

While I can agree with your sentiment about the man being a hero, yet I highly resent that you feel he deserved respect more than anyone from the Vietnam War. You obviously have not a clue as to how many Viet vets returned home mutilated from their war wounds and many to this day still have to live with those injuries due to lack of proper care. The Viet vets did not ask to go into that war, as far as I am concerned it was an industrial war that generated millions for defense contractors and kept being protracted as long as possible. I am a Viet vet, but I have respect for all our veterans from WW I to the present. When you start calling out some for less consideration because they didn't come from "your" war, you start a dangerous trend. It may be that some in the future would consider you less a vet, if you are one, because of when you served, not that you did serve. Please think before you speak. Thank you.

On behalf of all the Retired Service personnel now receiving TriCare for Life we wish to add out Thanks and blessings for a the battles he fault to obtain TriCare for Life. We Salute you and Thank God for such an outstanding man within out ranks. Father watch over him he deserves it.

I have a real problem with Mr. Moody's comments; however, that is not my main issue. He states that he served in Viet Nam. Maybe, maybe not. But, I have never heard a vet refer to Viet Nam as Viet anything. I have heard it referred to as Nam Or Naam, but not Viet vet, Viet war, etc. Oh, by the way, I served 30 years in the U.S. Navy and I served on ships on/in Viet Nam waters(South China Sea), but not IN Nam. If Mr. Moody did serve, I suggest he see a mental health professional ASAP.

Mr DeBoer, I don't think you know what you're talking about. Yes, I served, in the central highlands,
Banmethuot 65 to 66.

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