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August 03, 2013
I had the honour of meeting Colonel Day while assigned to the Flight Surgeon's Office at Eglin AFB....Suffice to say this nation has lost a hero and a patriot and our military has lost one of its strongest and most vocal advocates....All of us owe him a debt of gratitude which we will ne'er be able to repay....May I offer one final salute to you Sir truly the epitome of an officer and a gentleman...............Jim Isa, SMSgt, USAF, Retired
August 02, 2013
RIP Col Day and rest assure that you have served your country well and you will be greatly missed. My heart is saddened by your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with Doris and the rest of the family.
August 01, 2013
You will never be forgotten for all that you have done for our country!!! Rest in peace Col. Day!!!
August 01, 2013
I grew up at Eglin AFB in the 70's. I was fortunate to meet Colonel Day just after he had been awarded the CMOH. I was friends with his son George, we were in the Boy Scouts together. I was just a very young 15 year old kid full of typical teenage attitude. I had gone over to George's house and was sitting in their living room when Colonel Day walked in. I remember my first thoughts were, how old and frail he looked. He spoke with me for a while. I remember standing and realizing that there was no frailty in this man. We spoke of who I was, who my parents were, the Boy Scouts, being friends with his son. George walked in the room about 10 minutes later and I said goodbye and we left. That was ~37 years or so ago. The small talk we had has always stayed with me. Our families stayed in contact both retiring from Eglin. Even so, I never spoke about that conversation or what it meant to me. It was part of why I joined the service, why I volunteered for Submarines. When times were hard or I was in some far away place from home tracking targets, surfacing at the North Pole, hugging some foreign coastline, those few minutes I had with Colonel Day were always with me. I imagine the impact 88 years of living that this man has had after just the 10 minutes of his life that I was blessed to experience. I know his Twins, George and their older brother will be okay. They are a strong family, and with their dad, a Fighter Pilot lawyer in heaven advocating for them, they are surely blessed.
August 01, 2013
Colonial Day my the Lord bless your family during this time and thank you for your service. Rest in peace.
August 01, 2013
To the Day Family:
I am so saddened to hear of Colonel Day's passing. He was a large part of my young life, as I wore a silver POW bracelet for years until he was released from captivity in 1973. I was in college at the time. I still have the bracelet, and it always brings a smile to my face when I see it. Blessings to you all and may his memory continue to live on.--Lesanne Brenneman Fliehler
P.S. My daughter asked me today if I knew why the flags were flying at half-staff in Iowa. A short web search later and I learned Gov. Branstad ordered it in Col. Day's honor.
August 01, 2013
One man, three wars, three different military branches, one medal...The Congressional Medal of Honor. I didn't get the opportunity to meet you, even though we only lived a few miles away from each other. God Bless You!
August 01, 2013
Col. Day, on behalf of myself, my father, and my brothers, we thank you for your tireless efforts to restore the lost promise of medical care for life. Sir, your tenacity and perseverance are unmatched. The nation's veterans have lost a strong voice and a true hero. Thank you for your many years of service to this country. May your legacy live on and the story of your life be told through the generations. We bid you a final salute sir!
Barbara Hunter, MSgt, USAF, Ret
Robert Beeks, MSgt, USAF, Ret
Robert Beeks, Jr., Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Michael Beeks, MSG, USA
August 01, 2013
Col. Day, on behalf of myself, my father, and my brothers, we thank you for your tireless efforts to restore the lost promise of medical care for life. Sir, your tenacity and perseverance are unmatched. The nation's veterans have lost a strong voice and a true hero. Thank you for your many years of service to this country. May your legacy live on and the story of your life be told through the generations. We bid you a final salute sir!
Barbara Hunter, MSgt, USAF, Ret
Robert Beeks, MSgt, USAF, Ret
Robert Beeks, Jr., Lt Col, USAF, Ret
Michael Beeks, MSG, USA
August 01, 2013
I felt a personal touch with greatness on September 15, 1995 when I was given an autographed copy of “Return with Honor” personally signed by the Colonel, The Viking and George Jr. It should be required reading for anyone entering the military or politics. We will be forever indebted to the Colonel because of the leadership qualities he demonstrated and the inspiration he will provide to our future leaders. His example of leadership will do much to keep his beloved country strong. As another great military leader once said “…we should thank God that such men lived”. We are forever grateful for the support our nation has received from Colonel Day and his beloved family
God Bless
A fellow veteran

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