GEORGE E. "BUD" DAY
Vietnam prisoner of war and Medal of Honor recipient George Day wrote
this letter in 1990 on stationery from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany about his
upcoming book Return With Honor.
Autograph letter signed "Col Bud Day". 1 page, 5¾x8¼, on
stationery from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Sept. 21, 1990. In full:
"Dear Bill: Thank for you letter and your questions. I just finished my
book and it will be available about the 1st of December 1990 either from me or
from the printer. The printer is the Champlin Air Musuem - Scottsdale, Az. (I
don't have the zip.) It pretty well spells out my most exciting times. God
Bless". The book that Day mentions appears to be his book Return With
Honor, which was published in 1991. U. S. Air Force Major Day (1925-2013)
born in Sioux City, Iowa and a veteran of WWII and Korea, was awarded the
Medal of Honor on March 4, 1976 by President Gerald R. Ford for his
gallant service and inspiring resistance as a POW during the Vietnam War.
Day, who was shot down and captured in August 1967, managed to escape his
Viet Cong captors despite having numerous wounds and being tortured. Recaptured
a short time later, Day was again tortured and sent to the infamous "Hanoi
Hilton", where, despite being severely physically debilitated, he inspired his
fellow prisoners, including ranking officer Commander James Bond Stockdale, by
standing up to his captors and singing The Star-Spangled Banner when a
forbidden religious service was interrupted by prison guards. Although Day
was punished for the incident, Stockdale, who had joined his voice with Day's
(as had other prisoners), later wrote that because of Day's courageous stand,
"Our minds were now free and we knew it." Lightly toned and creased. Folded
twice and unfolded. Otherwise in fine condition.
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