Academic journal article Air Power History

Col. George "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret.) (1925-2013)

Academic journal article Air Power History

Col. George "Bud" Day, USAF (Ret.) (1925-2013)

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Colonel Day served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. He diedon July 27, 2013 at the age of eighty eight.

Day was born February 24, 1925, in Sioux City, Iowa. In 1942 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served thirty months in the North Pacific. After the war he joined the U.S. Army Reserve, from 1946 to 1949, and received a commission from the Iowa National Guard, went on active duty, and earned his wings at Webb AFB, Texas, in 1952. He served two tours in Korea as an F-84 pilot. He was an assistant professor of AFROTC at St. Lords University, Missouri, from June 1959 to August 1963.

Day volunteered for a tour in Vietnam and in April 1967 he joined the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing at Tuy Hoa AB. flying F-100s. Major Day was made commander of Det. 1416 TFS at Phu Cat AB. Their F-100Fs were evaluated as Fast FACs (Forward Air Controllers), call sign Misty. On August 26, 1967, he was shot down and captured by the North Vietnamese. Despite being badly hurt, he nearly managed to escape and got to within two miles of a U.S. Marine firebase, but was recaptured and tortured. …

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