A Medal of Honor recipient from Iowa has passed away. Sioux City native George “Bud” Day died Saturday morning.
Day fought in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. While serving in Vietnam in 1967, Day’s plane was shot down.
He was captured by the North Vietnamese and held as a prisoner of war for 5 years and 7 months. He was held captive with Navy pilot John McCain.
Day held nearly 70 military decorations and awards, including the Medal of Honor.
Senator John McCain released a statement on the passing of Colonel Day:
“I owe my life to Bud, and much of what I know about character and patriotism. He was the bravest man I ever knew, and his fierce resistance and resolute leadership set the example for us in prison of how to return home with honor.”
Day was 88-years-old.