Vietnam War hero George “Bud” Day, a Medal of Honor recipient who was John McCain’s cellmate while both were held captive, has died after a long illness. He was 88.
“I owe my life to Bud, and much of what I know about character and patriotism,” McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, said in a statement Sunday. “He was the bravest man I ever knew, and his fierce resistance and resolute leadership set the example for us in prison of how to return home with honor.”
Day, a retired Air Force colonel, died Saturday at his home in Shalimar, Fla. His wife, Doris, told the Associated Press that her husband “would have died in my arms if I could have picked him up.”
One of the nation’s most decorated servicemen, Day received the Medal of Honor from President Gerald Ford in 1976. In all, he received more than 70 medals and served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
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