McCain Honors Bud Day
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) delivered an emotional tribute to his
long-time friend and fellow Vietnam War prisoner of war, retired Col. Bud Day
who died on
July 27 in Florida at age 88. "We met in 1967, when the
Vietnamese left me to die in the prison cell Bud shared with Maj. 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," said McCain in his July 29 speech on the Senate floor. McCain said Day did this despite the fact that he, too,
"had recently been near death" after his shootdown and subsequent
injuries, capture, and torture. McCain said Day was not only his commanding officer, but also
his inspiration during those difficult years in captivity. Witnessing Day sing
the US national anthem as a North Vietnamese guard pointed a rifle at Day's
face was "something to behold," said McCain. Day's contribution to
the US military and to his fellow POWs is something McCain said he would never
forget. "Bud was the bravest man I ever knew," he said. "I will
miss Bud every day for the rest of my life."
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