Day, George Everett, Sr., Col

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Last Primary AFSC/MOS
11FXX-Fighter Pilot
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Primary Unit
1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
Service Years
1942 - 1977
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Contact Info
Home Town
Sioux City, Iowa
Last Address
Pensacola, Florida

Date of Passing
Jul 27, 2013
Location of Interment
Barrancas National Cemetery - Pensacola, Florida
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 51, Grave 30

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 Military Association Memberships
Nam-POWSNational Aviation Hall of Fame
  1977, Nam-POWS
  2016, National Aviation Hall of Fame

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Last Known Activity


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.
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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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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
US Marine Corps (USMC)US Army Reserve (USAR)Iowa Air National GuardOfficer Training School (OTS)
School AssignmentsAir Training Command559th Strategic Fighter Squadron12th Strategic Fighter Wing
55th Fighter-Bomber Squadron20th Fighter-Bomber WingAFROTC (Cadre) Det 207 St. Louis UniversityNew York Air National Guard
37th Tactical Fighter Wing416th Tactical Fighter SquadronDetachment 1, 416th Tactical Fighter SquadronPrisoner Of War (POW)
  1942-1945, US Marine Corps (USMC)
  1946-1949, US Army Reserve (USAR)
  1949-1951, Iowa Air National Guard
  1950-1950, AAF MOS 152, Officer Training School (OTS)
  1951-1952, AAF MOS 770, Pilot Training Class (Unknown)
  1952-1952, AAF MOS 1055, Air Training Command
  1953-1955, AAF MOS 1055, 559th Strategic Fighter Squadron
  1953-1955, AAF MOS 1055, 12th Strategic Fighter Wing
  1955-1959, 1021A, 55th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1955-1959, 1021A, 20th Fighter-Bomber Wing
  1959-1963, AFROTC (Cadre) Det 207 St. Louis University
  1964-1967, New York Air National Guard
  1966-1967, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1967-1967, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1967, Detachment 1, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1967-1973, POW North Vietnam
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1953-1953 Korean War
  1967-1967 Various Air Missions over North Vietnam
  1967-1973 Vietnam War
 Colleges Attended 
Morningside CollegeUniversity of South DakotaArmed Forces Staff CollegeArizona State University
  1945-1947, Morningside College
  1947-1949, University of South Dakota
  1963-1964, Armed Forces Staff College
  1973-1974, Arizona State University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-84 Thunderjet  F-100 Super Sabre  
  1962-1964, F-84 Thunderjet
  1965-1967, F-100 Super Sabre
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