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Bud Day Posthumously Promoted

August 21, 2018

From the Air Force Magazine website

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein posthumously promoted former prisoner of war and Medal of Honor recipient Col. George E. “Bud” Day to brigadier general on June 8. Goldfein used the stars he had received when he was promoted to brigadier general during the ceremony.

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was Day’s cellmate in captivity in Hanoi, introduced the advancement, which was directed by the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act and became official on March 27.

Day—who died in July 2013, was flying his F-100 Super Sabre over North Vietnam when he was shot down and immediately captured on August 26, 1967. He escaped from North Vietnam, the only American prisoner to do so, but was recaptured by the Viet Cong before he could reach safety. He was repatriated on March 14, 1973 and reunited with his wife and four children.

Day eventually returned to active flying status and retired from Active Duty in 1977 as one of the most decorated officers in USAF history.

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