FUNERAL SERVICE: Sen. McCain Leads Col. Bud Day Tributes

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Flags were lowered to half-staff across the state as an Iowa hero was laid to rest Thursday.

Sioux City native and Medal of Honor recipient, Col. George E. “Bud” Day passed away last weekend at the age of 88.

Day served in World War Two, Korea and Vietnam.

He spent five years in a Vietnamese prison after he was shot down. Among his cellmates was Senator John McCain.

McCain was among the more than 1,000 mourners at services for Day in Fort Walton Beach, FL.

He credits Day with saving his life by nursing him to health in the Vietnamese prison.

“He is gone now. Heaven, I expect, he imagined looked like an Iowa corn field in early winter filled with pheasants. 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’ll look forward to it,” Sen. McCain said while delivery his eulogy.

Day was laid to rest at a national ceremony in Pensacola, FL.

The Sioux City airport is named in his honor.