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Posted by Jolly on August 20, 2013

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Here's a great tribute to the F-100F and one of our FU Hero's, Col Bud Day, who flew west this last month.  I'll include an e-mail forwarded to me with a memorial debrief from one of Col Day's fellow Hanoi Hilton POWs.  Here's a nickel on the grass to a great fighter pilot and American Hero.


 

Col George "Bud" Day Memorial Debrief:

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The number of people lining that 24 mile route from Fort Walton Beach to Pensacola NAS was unbelievable!  They'd been standing in the rain - most without umbrellas - for hours waiting to see the motorcade carrying Bud Day to his final resting place. Many of those thousands of people carried or waved American flags and there was utmost respect everywhere. The motorcade was led by sheriff, EMS, Fire, and police vehicles followed by phalanx of 85 volunteer motorcycle riders spread over almost 1/2 mile, then by the hearse and the immediate family, dignitaries, and the rest of us. Bystanders probably counted the number of vehicles in the motorcade - 300?  500?

Nearing the cemetery, I was surprised to see military people in full uniform shoulder-to-shoulder on each edge of the road. There were hundreds of Army, Air Force, and Marines lining both edges of the road. When we stopped in the cemetery near the grave site, more Marines provided honor escorts from our cars to the seating areas. 

  The graveside ceremony was shorter than the Memorial Service, but alsobuddaygrave.jpg extremely well done. One of the highlights (for me at least) was the perfect timing by four F-4 aircraft that flew directly over the gravesite just as the last notes of the bagpipers' 'Old Rugged Cross' were sounding. I couldn't see them from my seat, but others said they were in close fingertip and may have performed the 'missing wingman' (or 'missing leader' ala Robin Olds' funeral?) even though there was a low overcast.

 At the conclusion of the ceremony and before people returned to Fort Walton Beach for an informal get-together at the Day residence, everyone was invited to come forward to say a few words to Dorie Day and Bud's family. As people filed by, some placed memorabilia on top of his coffin - many nickels and a few wings as well as Air Force, Marine, and Misty challenge coins. A very moving and emotional tribute to this leader of leaders. 

The gravestone that will mark Bud's final resting place had already been constructed and was temporarily placed near his coffin. On its top, at the very highest point and right of center (as should be), a nickel had been securely fastened.  

Comments:

Posted by Badger on
Thanks Jolly, a fitting tribute to an incredible American and first class fighter pilot!
Badger
Posted by Chilly on
Thanks Jolly -- I had the honor of knowing Bud and Doris -- Their relationship is what America is all about. God be with you Bud!

Bob 'Chilly' Childers, LtCol, USAF, Ret
Posted by Doc on
Shit Hot Jolly...great tribute to a bigger than life AF warrior! Here's another nickel on the grass!
Doc
Posted by Gullskegger on
My father Maj. Laurence D. Littlefield (Ret) was Bud's GIB after he came back from Hanoi and was flying with the 33rd out of Eglin. I have fond memories of Bud from my childhood.

Thanks Jolly for the post. Here's to a true FU Hero!!!
Posted by Nena on
It was indeed a missing man formation! A just tribute to a national hero...my friend baud Day.
Posted by Nena on
It was indeed a missing man formation! A just tribute to a national hero...my friend Bud Day.
Posted by cwirvine on
Jolly:

Thanks for posting the remarks concerning a true friend of mine and

super pilot. He has gone West but will not be forgotten by all the

fighter pilots and other friends who had the privilege to have known him

throughout the past years; another nickel on the grass! MARTINI
Posted by JayBird on
Thanks for the great tribute to a great American. Rest in Peace, Bud, and may you forever soar with the Eagles.
Posted by ksvanwickler on
I had the distinct honor of speaking with the man on the phone a few years ago when he was helping my family with a SUPT-generated legal issue -- what a privilege! Also got to fly w/ George Jr. in AT-38s. A great man who is already missed! VeeDub
Posted by ksvanwickler on
I had the distinct honor of speaking with the man on the phone a few years ago when he was helping my family with a SUPT-generated legal issue -- what a privilege! Also got to fly w/ George Jr. in AT-38s. A great man who is already missed! VeeDub
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