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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.
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