Day, George, Cpl

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1970-1977, US Air Force
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1942 - 1945



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Sioux City

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Jul 27, 2013
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Col. George "Bud" Day is a veteran of more than 35 years military service. He served 30 months in the South Pacific during WW II as an enlisted member with the US Marine Corps. He attended college after WW II on the GI bill, acquiring a B.S. and a Juris Doctor degree in 1949. He served as an Army reservist, and Army guardsman between WW II and Korea, and was given a direct appointment as a 2nd Lt. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the USAF in 1950, and recalled to active duty. Bud graduated from pilot training as a jet pilot in 1952.

Colonel Day's decorations include our nation's highest -
Medal of Honor, Air Force Cross, Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star w/2 clusters & Combat V, Bronze Star for merit, Air
Medal w/9 clusters, Purple Heart w/3 clusters, POW Medal and other WW II, Korea and Vietnam service awards and medals.


Colonel, U.S. Air Force
Misty Super FAC's F-100 Squadron, Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam
Date of Action: July 16 - October 14, 1969


The Air Force Cross is presented to George Everett "Bud" Day, Colonel, U.S. Air Force, for extraordinary heroism in military operations against an opposing armed force as a Prisoner of War in North Vietnam from 16 July 1969 to 14 October 1969. During this period, Colonel Day was subjected to maximum punishment and torture by Vietnamese guards to obtain a detailed confession of escape plans, policies, and orders of the American senior ranking officer in the camp, and the communications methods used by the Americans interned in the camp. Colonel Day withstood this punishment and gave nothing of value to the Vietnamese, although he sustained many injuries and open wounds to his body. Through his extraordinary heroism and willpower, in the face of the enemy, Colonel Day reflected the highest credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.

Other Award: Medal of Honor (Vietnam)

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Rank and organization: Colonel (then Major), U.S. Air Force, Forward Air
Controller Pilot of an F-100 aircraft

Place and date: North Vietnam, 26 August 1967


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 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.

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 Enlisted/Officer Basic Training
  1942, Boot Camp (Parris Island, SC)
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USMC (United States Marine Corps)US ArmyArmy National GuardUS Air Force
  1942-1945, USMC (United States Marine Corps)
  1945-1949, US Army
  1948-1949, Army National Guard
  1950-1951, US Air Force
  1952-1958, US Air Force
  1959-1966, US Air Force
  1967-1967, US Air Force
  1969-1969, US Air Force
  1970-1977, US Air Force
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  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Cape Esperance (Second Savo)
  1942-1942 Guadalcanal Campaign (1942-43)/Battle of Eastern Solomons (Stewart Island)
  1952-1952 Korean War/Korea, Summer-Fall 1952
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1969-1969 An Hoa Combat Base (Arizona Territory)
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