We live in a world of mixed up priorities where people are more concerned about the latest crimes committed by entertainers and athletes than they are about people sacrificing their lives for freedom. However, there are still people in this world who sacrificed all so that we could all remain free.
We lost one of those hero’s today.
Colonel George “Bud” Day passed away today at the age of 88. The New York Times has a great piece about some of this amazing hero’s accomplishments. If you have never heard of Bud Day, than you are clearly not much of an aviation junkie, but that’s okay because you can learn about him now, and learn what it means to be a true hero.
Bud Day was a F-100 fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and was shot down over North Vietnam. He was taken prisoner, and escaped, only to be captured again. For four years he resisted all manner of torture that even the New York Times doesn’t go into great detail about. Suffice it to say that they used every tactic they had to get him to talk, and he never gave them anything but false information.
He is one of the most decorated Airmen in history having received more than 70 medals and awards to include the Congressional Medal of Honor. However, his legacy is worth far more than any award could explain.
A fellow airmen of mine commented upon hearing the news that they just don’t make them like this
anymore, and I agree completely. That being said, I couldn’t help but wonder if great men and women of courage would work their way to the front if we were faced with a similar conflict. But that discussion is for another day.
Here’s to one of the true heroes of aviation. You have left a legacy that we can only hope to fill in some small way. You may be gone, but you will never be forgotten.