George E. Day


 

Preferred Name: Bud

Nickname/Call Sign: Bud

Date Of Birth: 02-24-1925

Highest Military Grade Held: Brigadier General (O-7)

Hometown: Sioux City, IA

Biography

Medal of Honor Recipient

“I am, and have been all my life, a loyal American. I have faith in my country, and am secure in the knowledge that my country is a good nation, responsible to the people of the United States and responsible to the world community of nations. I believed in my wife and children and rested secure in the knowledge that they backed both me and my country. I believe in God and that he will guide me and my country in paths of honorable conduct. I believe in the Code of Conduct of the U.S. fighting man. I believe the most important thing in my life was to return from North Vietnam with honor, not just to return. If I could not return with my honor, I did not care to return at all. I believe that in being loyal to my country that my country will be loyal to me. My support of our noble objectives will make the world a better place in which to live.”

Units Assigned

  • Dec, 1942 – Nov, 1945 USMC, MCRD San Diego; Johnston Is.; Corporal, USMC
  • Dec 1945 – US Army Reserves, ROTC, Iowa ArmyNG; Sioux City, IA AFReserves
  • Mar 1951 – Recalled to active duty – USAF Pilot Training, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Aug 1951 – Hondo AFB, TX
  • Feb 1952 – Big Spring AFB, TX, Class 52-F – T-33
  • Sep 1952 – Moody AFB, GA, Operation Fair Play, T-33
  • Nov 1952 – Tyndall AFB, FL nada
  • Dec 1952 – Bergstrom,AFB, TX F-84
  • Mar 1953 – TDY Chitose, Japan F-84
  • Aug 1953 – Bergstrom AFB, TX F-84F
  • Jun 1955 – 55th Sq, 20th Ftr Bomb Wg, Wethersfield, UK F-84F
  • Jun 1959 – ROTC St. Louis Univ, St. Louis MO T-33
  • Jan 1964 – 107th TFG (ANG), Niagra Falls, NY F-100
  • April, 1967 – 309th TFS, 31st Tac Ftr Wg, Tuy Hoa Air Base, RVN F-100
  • May, 1967 – Det. 1, 416th TFS, Phu Cat AB, RVN F-100F (Misty)
  • Aug. 26, 1967 – March 14, 1973, Hanoi Hilton, Hanoi, NVN (POW)
  • Spring 1974 – Luke AFB, AZ F-4
  • Sep 1974 – 33d TFW, Eglin AFB, FL F-4
  • February, 1977 – Retired

Awards & Decorations

Medal of Honor

Flight Info

Misty 1

Military Education

  • Armed Forces Staff College

Civilian Education

Biography

Biography

Medal of Honor Recipient

“I am, and have been all my life, a loyal American. I have faith in my country, and am secure in the knowledge that my country is a good nation, responsible to the people of the United States and responsible to the world community of nations. I believed in my wife and children and rested secure in the knowledge that they backed both me and my country. I believe in God and that he will guide me and my country in paths of honorable conduct. I believe in the Code of Conduct of the U.S. fighting man. I believe the most important thing in my life was to return from North Vietnam with honor, not just to return. If I could not return with my honor, I did not care to return at all. I believe that in being loyal to my country that my country will be loyal to me. My support of our noble objectives will make the world a better place in which to live.”

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • Dec, 1942 – Nov, 1945 USMC, MCRD San Diego; Johnston Is.; Corporal, USMC
  • Dec 1945 – US Army Reserves, ROTC, Iowa ArmyNG; Sioux City, IA AFReserves
  • Mar 1951 – Recalled to active duty – USAF Pilot Training, Goodfellow AFB, TX
  • Aug 1951 – Hondo AFB, TX
  • Feb 1952 – Big Spring AFB, TX, Class 52-F – T-33
  • Sep 1952 – Moody AFB, GA, Operation Fair Play, T-33
  • Nov 1952 – Tyndall AFB, FL nada
  • Dec 1952 – Bergstrom,AFB, TX F-84
  • Mar 1953 – TDY Chitose, Japan F-84
  • Aug 1953 – Bergstrom AFB, TX F-84F
  • Jun 1955 – 55th Sq, 20th Ftr Bomb Wg, Wethersfield, UK F-84F
  • Jun 1959 – ROTC St. Louis Univ, St. Louis MO T-33
  • Jan 1964 – 107th TFG (ANG), Niagra Falls, NY F-100
  • April, 1967 – 309th TFS, 31st Tac Ftr Wg, Tuy Hoa Air Base, RVN F-100
  • May, 1967 – Det. 1, 416th TFS, Phu Cat AB, RVN F-100F (Misty)
  • Aug. 26, 1967 – March 14, 1973, Hanoi Hilton, Hanoi, NVN (POW)
  • Spring 1974 – Luke AFB, AZ F-4
  • Sep 1974 – 33d TFW, Eglin AFB, FL F-4
  • February, 1977 – Retired

Awards & Decorations

Medal of Honor

Flight Info

Misty 1

Military Education

  • Armed Forces Staff College

Civilian Education

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