Sunday, July 28, 2013

R.I.P. Colonel "Bud" Day.

Our nation is diminished today. One less giant walks among us.

Col. George "Bud" Day, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 88

Veteran of three wars--World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, he spent five and a half years as a POW in the latter after creating the Misty fast FAC program. On his return, he became a staunch advocate for veterans and brought the lawsuits that established the TRICARE veterans' medical benefit program in it's present form. A staunch conservative who loved this country and spoke out frequently when necessary, he'll be missed.

It was just over a year ago that I reviewed his book here:

Book Review: American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day

Read the review, please. It says so much more than I can quickly re-type here. Then go buy the book.

I was struck when I read that book about what an amazing man he was--one of those rare men who are able to influence the direction of a country all by themselves. Colonel Day was such a man, and many veterans owe him their thanks.

For Colonel Day. Those who knew him or read his book will understand:


  1. ... and we are diminished.

  2. Damn. Read that book based on your recommendation, and nearly jumped in the truck to drive to Florida just to meet him after finishing the book. He was truly one-of-a-kind.

    Blue skies and tailwinds, Colonel.

  3. We shall never forget the Colonel.

  4. Anonymous12:10 AM

    We have lost a giant of a man


  5. A truly sad loss, for all of us!

  6. R.I.P. Sir. Read the book after your review.

  7. A great read is "Bury Me Upsidedown". It is the story of the "Misty" Forward Air Controllers that he led.

  8. Rest In Peace Col. Day.

    You're in my prayers sir.