View Full Version : Col. 'Bud' Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88

07-28-2013, 07:51 PM
Rest in peace Colonel Day.


Mr. Happy
07-29-2013, 12:48 AM
RIP sir.

07-29-2013, 01:24 AM
He set the standard for how to act while in captivity (a situation we hope and pray we will never face)

He set the standard for how to act while retired or separated (a situation we will all face).

RIP Colonel Day, thank you for your service

07-29-2013, 01:44 AM
My condolences to the family, and friends. May he rest in peace.

I have the utmost respect for any POW, much less one who spent five and one half years in the Hanoi Hilton.

07-29-2013, 02:27 AM
We all salute you Sir


07-29-2013, 06:25 AM
A true American hero....

I had the pleasure of hearing him speak on a few occassions. What a guy....

"Here's a toast....."

07-29-2013, 05:17 PM
Clear skies and RIP Colonel (Salutes).:usa2

08-01-2013, 02:44 PM
I had the extreme honor of meeting Colonel Day once. A great man. Even PYB might have called him a great American and hero (although I can't swear to his statements regarding the Constitution I think we can all agree his actions speak for themselves).

BTW: To my knowledge the only AF individual honored with a display at the US Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola.

08-01-2013, 06:18 PM
He had to have been the toughest sonnuva bitch who ever walked the Earth. In '57, he punched out of an F-84 while on approach. His chute failed to open -- and he walked away! I'm amazed death finally claimed him. RIP, Col. Day.

08-01-2013, 06:21 PM
On Monday, Sen. John McCain gave a very moving speech about his friend and commrade Col Bud Day during the morning business session of the Senate. If you have not seen it you should check it out.

Oohrah sir.

08-01-2013, 06:52 PM
I had the extreme honor to send off Col Day about 30 minutes ago. Hundreds of AFSOC Air Commandos lined Hwy 98 outside the main gate for the funeral procession (travelling from Okaloosa Island to Pensacola). It started to rain right before the procession reached us. We all stood at attention and held our salutes for the entire procession. It was led by a few sheriff's cars and then at least 50 Patriot Guard riders. Followed by Col Day's hearse, numerous large sedans (Jags, BMW 7-Series, etc.) and a few limos, then the remainder of the cars (at least 200 by my count). It was EXTREMELY MOVING. The most moving part was actually the "normal" cars following the hearse and DVs that were in the procession. You could see Korean-War and Vietnam vets in the cars saluting us back and many of them were brought to tears by our show of respect/appreciation for everything Col Day did for his country during his service in the AF and our local community after he retired.

RIP Col Day.



Sen John McCain and Ross Perot were in attendance. One of the updates from the blog that struck a chord in my heart was the description of the end of his funeral:

The service ended with a video clip of Col. Bud Day climbing into a cockpit, taxiing down and runway and soaring off into a clear blue sky

08-01-2013, 06:55 PM
Images from the local news here (being updated periodically):


08-01-2013, 07:35 PM
One of the most decorated Airmen in our history. A man who endured what most couldn't fathom. RIP, Sir.

08-03-2013, 04:15 PM
R.I.P. Another one of them squared away ones from the greatest generation.

08-05-2013, 12:57 PM
R.I.P. Col. Day! The SERE School at Fairchild is the Col. Bud Day Center, I remember seeing a lot of his personal items that they had on display. Never got to meet him though. :(