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Sioux City-native Col. George "Bud" Day dies


Colonel George "Bud" Day, a Sioux City-native, a Medal of Honor recipient, and former prisoner of war has died at his home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

His wife, children and grandchildren were present when Day died Saturday morning.

WJHG-TV reports Day's funeral is expected to be Thursday at the Emerald Coast Conference Center with burial at Barancas National Cemetery in Pensacola.

Day was born in Sioux City on February 24th, 1925. In 1942, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps.

He's a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam, where his plane was shot down in 1967. He was captured by the North Vietnamese and imprisoned as a POW at the "Hanoi Hilton". He spent 5 years and 7 months imprisoned with Navy Pilot John McCain, who also had shot down. The two were cell mates. McCain later went on to be a U.S. Senator.

Day holds a Purple Heart, the Air Force Cross, and the Medal of Honor.

Day was 88-years-old.

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