FORT WALTON BEACH - USAF COL (ret.) George E. "Bud" Day, a Medal of Honor recipient, a WWII Marine, and Vietnam POW, passed away early Saturday morning in Ft. Walton Beach.
His wife, children and grandchildren were present. They had communion before Bud passed away.
The funeral is expected to be Thursday at the Emerald Coast Conference Center with burial at Broncs National Cemetery in Pensacola.
Day was considered by many to be a true war hero.
He was shot down in his Air Force F-100 in August, 1967 and was captured by the North Vietnamese and imprisoned as a POW at the “Hanoi Hilton”.
He spent five years and seven months imprisoned with Navy Pilot John McCain, who also had shot down. The two were cellmates. McCain later went on to be a U.S. Senator.