Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all flags in the state be flown at half-staff this Thursday, in honor of Iowa native Colonel George “Bud” Day.
Colonel Day passed away Saturday morning at the age of 88.
The Sioux City native was a Medal of Honor recipient. He served during World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
He was held captive for five years and seven months after being shot down over Vietnam.
It was in a Vietnamese prison that he met John McCain.
Monday, the Arizona senator credited Day with saving his life.
“I had the honor of being’s Bud’s friend for almost five decades of his 88 years. We met in 1967 when the Vietnamese left me to die in the prison cell Bud shared with Major Norris Overly. But Bud and Norris wouldn’t let me die. They bathed me, fed me, nursed me, encouraged me and ordered me back to life,” McCain said. “I will miss Bud every day for the rest of my life. But I will see him again. I know I will. I’ll hunt the field with him and I look forward to it.”
Funeral services for Colonel Day will take place this week in Florida.