An emotional tribute to Sioux City-native Colonel George "Bud" Day, from his friend, and former POW, John McCain, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Monday.
Day passed away, in Florida, on Saturday. Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona said, "I will miss Bud every day for the rest of my life. But I will see him again. I know I will. I'll hunt the field with him and I look forward to it."
The men were cellmates during the Vietnam War. In August of 1967, Day's plane was shot down, and he was captured by the North Vietnamese. Four months later, McCain's plane was shot down, and he was brought to the same prison camp, dubbed the "Hanoi Hilton".
Monday, McCain talked about Day's efforts to save his life. Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona said, "I had the honor of being's Bud's friend for almost five decades of his 88 years. We met in 1967 when the Vietnamese left me to die in the prison cell Bud shared with Major Norris Overly. But Bud and Norris wouldn't let me die. They bathed me, fed me, nursed me, encouraged me and ordered me back to life."
Day was the highest ranking of the three men in their prison. McCain says Day demanded constant resistance against their jailers... even singing the National Anthem when he had a rifle pointed at his face.
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