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Flags fly at half-staff in honor of Col. Day

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Gov. Branstad has ordered that flags fly at half-staff on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of Ret. Col. George "Bud" Day, a native of Sioux City Gov. Branstad has ordered that flags fly at half-staff on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in honor of Ret. Col. George "Bud" Day, a native of Sioux City
DES MOINES, Iowa (KTIV) -

Flags fly at half-staff across the state of Iowa on Thursday in honor of Retired Colonel George "Bud" Day. 

Governor Terry Branstad has issued the order for Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Day's honor.

The Sioux City native and hero of three wars died at his home in Florida over the weekend after a battle with throat cancer.  He was 88.

Day was one of the nation's most highly-decorated servicemen, earning more than 70 medals during service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.  Among his honors was the Medal of Honor for escaping his captors for 10 days after the aircraft he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam.  Day was recaptured and spent five-and-a-half years as a P.O.W.

Funeral services for Col. Day will be held on Thursday in Shalimar, Florida.  He will be buried in Barrancas National Cemetery at Pensacola Naval Air Station.

 

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