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(ABC)   Medal Of Honor recipient Bud Day dies at 88. He spent 5 1/2 years as a POW in Vietnam and was John McCain's cellmate at the Hanoi Hilton, and earned over 70 medals in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam   (abcnews.go.com) divider line 80
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2013-07-28 05:25:18 PM
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RIP, Sir.
 
2013-07-28 05:46:46 PM
He was a POW and they let him stay at the Hilton? Not bad.
 
2013-07-28 05:47:18 PM
My father is also a veteran of WW2, Korea and Vietnam. Over 400 combat missions and Thank God never a POW.
 I can't begin to imagine what Col. Day and his family went through.
He was one of those people that we need more of, R.I.P. Sir.
 
2013-07-28 05:58:23 PM
*salutes*
 
2013-07-28 05:58:37 PM

Mugato: He was a POW and they let him stay at the Hilton? Not bad.


He especially appreciated the mints they left on his pillow each day.
 
2013-07-28 06:23:11 PM
"I'm not your friend, Bud Day!"

/Wish I was
 
2013-07-28 06:25:39 PM
Salute.
 
2013-07-28 06:26:54 PM

Lionel Mandrake: [encrypted-tbn1.gstatic.com image 200x157]

RIP, Sir.


dstanley: *salutes*


THIS
 
2013-07-28 06:27:49 PM
Let's just make sure (and it's up to all of us), that these heroes become a memory.
 
2013-07-28 06:29:32 PM
Do they even make coffins big enough to hold balls that big?
 
2013-07-28 06:32:04 PM
A two page obituary and nary a single mention of him whoring his Medal of Honor out to the Swift Boat morons.
 
2013-07-28 06:34:56 PM
Pretty bad ass, especially compared to the apparently large number of pussies around these days who stress out and call 911 because a fast food joint forgot to put pickles on their burger.
RIP Sir.
 
2013-07-28 06:36:44 PM
RIP, medal man.  Thanks for your service.
 
2013-07-28 06:42:59 PM

RobDownSouth: A two page obituary and nary a single mention of him whoring his Medal of Honor out to the Swift Boat morons.


And he would have said that John Kerry whored out his medals to the Winter Solider morons.  It's all a matter of which side of the political spectrum you're on.  I still remember 2008, and Farkers mocking the shiat out of John McCain's military service because they didn't like his politics.
 
2013-07-28 06:47:14 PM

devildog123: RobDownSouth: A two page obituary and nary a single mention of him whoring his Medal of Honor out to the Swift Boat morons.

And he would have said that John Kerry whored out his medals to the Winter Solider morons.  It's all a matter of which side of the political spectrum you're on.  I still remember 2008, and Farkers mocking the shiat out of John McCain's military service because they didn't like his politics.


Knowing McCain as well as he did, old guy probably voted for Obama on the sly anyway.
 
2013-07-28 06:48:58 PM
First off, as a retired U S Navy Chief, thank you for your comments. There are too many people who don't realize the sacrifices made by medal recipients.
Secondly, for the person who posted this story, and all who read it; please don't call anyone a medal winner. They earned their medals. They are recipients. It may seem like a degradation to those who don't understand. To those who do understand, calling them a medal winner is an insult.
Thank you.
 
2013-07-28 06:52:18 PM
salute  /O
 
2013-07-28 06:57:23 PM
Dan, Dan, Butterfield.
 
2013-07-28 07:02:34 PM
Thanks for your clarification 1gunship. If you hadn't, I would have. Mr. Day was lucky. Most recipients had to die to get theirs.
 
2013-07-28 07:02:47 PM
This man was indeed a stud.And he was married to Doris Day.
 
2013-07-28 07:04:52 PM
It's just, "Medal of Honor."
There's nothing congressional about it. Congress does not bestow it. It has nothing to do with congress.
 
2013-07-28 07:12:05 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: It's just, "Medal of Honor."
There's nothing congressional about it. Congress does not bestow it. It has nothing to do with congress.


Maybe they've fixed it, but ironically in my time in (mid-90's) official Army paperwork abbreviated it as "CMH".
 
2013-07-28 07:18:11 PM

1gunship: First off, as a retired U S Navy Chief, thank you for your comments. There are too many people who don't realize the sacrifices made by medal recipients.
Secondly, for the person who posted this story, and all who read it; please don't call anyone a medal winner. They earned their medals. They are recipients. It may seem like a degradation to those who don't understand. To those who do understand, calling them a medal winner is an insult.
Thank you.


Are you suggesting that other soldiers who fought in 'Nam but didn't get medals somehow did nothing to earn them?

/welcome to the world you made soldier
//where anything is an insult, and everything is a crime
 
2013-07-28 07:20:38 PM
Semper Fi. <0
 
2013-07-28 07:20:39 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: It's just, "Medal of Honor."
There's nothing congressional about it. Congress does not bestow it. It has nothing to do with congress.


People call it that because the first line of the citation goes "The President of the United States, in the name of The Congress takes pleasure in presenting THE MEDAL OF HONOR to:

It's not a big stretch to see why people think of it as the "Congressional Medal of Honor, it does sound like Congress has something to do with it.
 
2013-07-28 07:29:23 PM
Thank you, modmins. You know what I mean.
 
2013-07-28 07:29:29 PM
RIP Sir.

Is today the day the FarkLibtards like, or hate, McClain. I get confused.
 
2013-07-28 07:29:29 PM

devildog123: I still remember 2008, and Farkers mocking the shiat out of John McCain's military service because they didn't like his politics.


That's just mean and stupid of those Farkers.  It's probably the only thing I didn't mock about McCain during the campaign.
 
2013-07-28 07:29:29 PM
More than anything else I wish he hadn't injured his reputation by associating with the Swifties. That's not the way he deserves to be remembered.
 
2013-07-28 07:31:24 PM

RobDownSouth: A two page obituary and nary a single mention of him whoring his Medal of Honor out to the Swift Boat morons.


Oh, how you must suffer.
 
2013-07-28 07:31:52 PM

Myria: devildog123: I still remember 2008, and Farkers mocking the shiat out of John McCain's military service because they didn't like his politics.

That's just mean and stupid of those Farkers.  It's probably the only thing I didn't mock about McCain during the campaign.


McCain's service is one of the only things he's done that doesn't deserve to get mocked.
 
2013-07-28 07:32:24 PM
devildog123: I still remember 2008, and Farkers mocking the shiat out of John McCain's military service because they didn't like his politics.
Shouldn't mock a military man's service.
It's just not right.

/but
//this
///is Fark
 
2013-07-28 07:38:10 PM
We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.
 
2013-07-28 07:40:18 PM

jso2897: Knowing McCain as well as he did, old guy probably voted for Obama on the sly anyway.


 not even joking, i am sure thats probably the case. i had older family that served with mccain, and were old friends with reagan - they voted obama too.
 around the v.a., most of the old guys were terrified of having him in control of anything; they probably knew better than anyone else that under pressure + untreated ptsd is an ugly, ugly thing. that dude just exudes it.
 
2013-07-28 07:43:12 PM

Adolf Oliver Nipples: More than anything else I wish he hadn't injured his reputation by associating with the Swifties. That's not the way he deserves to be remembered.


 um, yes, it is actually.

 more than any of the situations he won his medals for, that particular situation was the only one entered into with deliberation, intent, and completely of his own choosing.  i would say it was possibly even more indicative of him as a person.
 
2013-07-28 07:56:53 PM

Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.


that was indeed his legacy though, and his true calling.

lots of good men served in the military with distinction. so did a lot of evil bastards, too.

service does not excuse lack of integrity - evil men have been using their medals to deflect criticism from everything from crooked politics, hate speech, and fraud as long as there have been medals.
 
2013-07-28 08:05:20 PM

Tumunga: RIP Sir.

Is today the day the FarkLibtards like, or hate, McClain. I get confused.


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2013-07-28 08:06:30 PM
RIP, man. True badass.
 
2013-07-28 08:06:57 PM
All I can think of is John McCain must be old too, a walking ad for term limits.
 
2013-07-28 08:07:25 PM
God bless!

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2013-07-28 08:08:50 PM

CliChe Guevara: Adolf Oliver Nipples: More than anything else I wish he hadn't injured his reputation by associating with the Swifties. That's not the way he deserves to be remembered.

 um, yes, it is actually.

 more than any of the situations he won his medals for, that particular situation was the only one entered into with deliberation, intent, and completely of his own choosing.  i would say it was possibly even more indicative of him as a person.


Eh, if you had spent 5 years being brutally tortured, and then some guy who spent less than 6 months in country got up before congress, while you were still being held and tortured, and called you (not personally, but by association) a war criminal, if, 30 years later, you had the chance to stick it to him, you probably would.
 
2013-07-28 08:10:04 PM

Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.


He was basically to the right of Ted Nugent and less quiet about it.
 
2013-07-28 08:11:06 PM

Whatchoo Talkinbout: Thank you, modmins. You know what I mean.


Admins too, thanks
 
2013-07-28 08:22:14 PM

HotIgneous Intruder: It's just, "Medal of Honor."
There's nothing congressional about it. Congress does not bestow it. It has nothing to do with congress.


You are correct. The official name is Medal of Honor.
 
2013-07-28 08:23:34 PM
devildog123:Eh, if you had spent 5 years being brutally tortured, and then some guy who spent less than 6 months in country got up before congress, while you were still being held and tortured, and called you (not personally, but by association) a war criminal, if, 30 years later, you had the chance to stick it to him, you probably would.

Yeah, pretty much this.

/didn't serve
//never tortured
///respect them all greatly
 
2013-07-28 08:42:30 PM
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2013-07-28 08:43:12 PM

Confabulat: Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.

He was basically to the right of Ted Nugent and less quiet about it.


THIS.  if ted nugent had a medal of honor to wave around i would not think any differently of that choad either.
service does not excuse being an ignorant, lying racist bigot and violent religious extremist.

/thanks for the service, bud, now burn in hell where you and your kind belong.
 
2013-07-28 08:56:51 PM

CliChe Guevara: Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.

that was indeed his legacy though, and his true calling.

lots of good men served in the military with distinction. so did a lot of evil bastards, too.

service does not excuse lack of integrity - evil men have been using their medals to deflect criticism from everything from crooked politics, hate speech, and fraud as long as there have been medals.


You never knew the man, and neither did I, but I find it ironic that he went through what he went through and did what he did so that you have the freedom to come here today and try to shiat all over him. Nice work.

RIP,  Col. Day.
 
2013-07-28 08:59:35 PM
Since this guy made the choice to belittle another soldier's service, I don't have any problem calling this douche exactly what he was. He will be remembered for being nothing but a rightwing wacko who referred to Obama as "the black one."
 
2013-07-28 08:59:45 PM

oh_please: CliChe Guevara: Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.

that was indeed his legacy though, and his true calling.

lots of good men served in the military with distinction. so did a lot of evil bastards, too.

service does not excuse lack of integrity - evil men have been using their medals to deflect criticism from everything from crooked politics, hate speech, and fraud as long as there have been medals.

You never knew the man, and neither did I, but I find it ironic that he went through what he went through and did what he did so that you have the freedom to come here today and try to shiat all over him. Nice work.

RIP,  Col. Day.


I had never used the ignore button in my time here, it came in handy today
 
2013-07-28 09:01:25 PM

oh_please: CliChe Guevara: Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.

that was indeed his legacy though, and his true calling.

lots of good men served in the military with distinction. so did a lot of evil bastards, too.

service does not excuse lack of integrity - evil men have been using their medals to deflect criticism from everything from crooked politics, hate speech, and fraud as long as there have been medals.

You never knew the man, and neither did I, but I find it ironic that he went through what he went through and did what he did so that you have the freedom to come here today and try to shiat all over him. Nice work.

RIP,  Col. Day.


How did fighting a useless, vain, and losing war in Vietnam have any effect on our freedoms, one way or the other?
 
2013-07-28 09:12:47 PM
CliChe Guevara
I'm always glad I served my country for people like you.
I'm sure others are too.
I'm also glad because I was assured of never running into a little shiat like you while I was in.
 
2013-07-28 09:20:27 PM

Corn_Fed: oh_please: CliChe Guevara: Apik0r0s: We don't think of the NFL when we think of OJ, and I remember this guy as a Swift Boater, who participated in leveraging money to smear the service of others. Whatever.

that was indeed his legacy though, and his true calling.

lots of good men served in the military with distinction. so did a lot of evil bastards, too.

service does not excuse lack of integrity - evil men have been using their medals to deflect criticism from everything from crooked politics, hate speech, and fraud as long as there have been medals.

You never knew the man, and neither did I, but I find it ironic that he went through what he went through and did what he did so that you have the freedom to come here today and try to shiat all over him. Nice work.

RIP,  Col. Day.

How did fighting a useless, vain, and losing war in Vietnam have any effect on our freedoms, one way or the other?


You're either a troll, or you don't understand what I meant. If it's truly the latter, I don't have the patience to explain it to you.
 
2013-07-28 09:21:39 PM
I grew up in Bud Day's town in the Florida Panhandle so I'm pretty familiar with him over the decades. He was nothing but a detriment to local, state, and national politics. He may have been a hero once, but he did more damage in his later years than his heroism can ever make up for. He was not a good man.
 
2013-07-28 09:43:31 PM

chiett: CliChe Guevara
I'm always glad I served my country for people like you.
I'm sure others are too.
I'm also glad because I was assured of never running into a little shiat like you while I was in.


how would you know? to be fair, you don't sound like the type to have made it in as officer material, so maybe we didn't meet.

/protip; not everyone who disagrees with you is a dirty hippie. in fact, i would guess most people who disagree with you do so simply because they have at least normal intelligence.
 
2013-07-28 09:47:34 PM
exactly what part of "service does not excuse lack of integrity" are people not getting here?

seems pretty basic, unless you want to explain/justify to me how previous service earns you a free lifetime pass to dispense with any basic civilized human behavior or decency.
 
2013-07-28 09:49:55 PM

Confabulat: I grew up in Bud Day's town in the Florida Panhandle so I'm pretty familiar with him over the decades. He was nothing but a detriment to local, state, and national politics. He may have been a hero once, but he did more damage in his later years than his heroism can ever make up for. He was not a good man.


i am glad at least one other person here can see the distinction. congrats.

/besides, you and i might be the only two reading each others posts since the place seems to think the 'ignore' button is a good substitute for an inability to form a cogent response.
 
2013-07-28 09:57:30 PM
I've met the man and spent some time talking to him. A great hero and a nice guy to be around.

Doesn't mean I didn't wonder about some of the things he's said over the past few years.
 
2013-07-28 09:58:37 PM
He had an awesome name

I remember when those Vietnam POW's were released
Stick figures in uniform

Now or enemies behead our service personnel and then defile their corpses
 
2013-07-28 10:02:04 PM
They'd name a day to honor him but the goddam hippies would profane it with their filthy drug.
 
2013-07-28 10:18:04 PM
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2013-07-28 10:26:45 PM

chiett: I'm always glad I served my country for people like you.


His point is that your military service does not excuse you when you make statements that are bigoted or just plain wrong to do.

It does NOT excuse you from criticism when you use that service as a base to insult others wrongly, either.

I'm happy you served in the military. But this does not give you the permission to rewrite reality as you see fit for your own ends.

chiett: I'm also glad because I was assured of never running into a little shiat like you while I was in.


You took an oath to defend the Constitution and uphold its' principles. That includes the freedom of Speech. Being in the Military does not make you superior to any other citizen of the United States.
 
2013-07-28 10:41:10 PM
Participating in wars of aggression should automatically disqualify anybody from getting the "hero" tag.
 
2013-07-28 10:45:39 PM

1gunship: Secondly, for the person who posted this story, and all who read it; please don't call anyone a medal winner. They earned their medals. They are recipients. It may seem like a degradation to those who don't understand. To those who do understand, calling them a medal winner is an insult.


I've worked with a few people who were decorated for their efforts in combat.  Almost to a man they say they saw others do more and go unawarded.  The people I know seem quite embarassed that they received awards for deeds that others performed equally or more and went unacknowledged.  Medals aren't "Won" they are recognized.
 
2013-07-28 10:50:19 PM
Thank you for your service, sir.
 
2013-07-28 10:57:11 PM
....kind of like how Han must have felt embarrassed because he got a medal and all he did was show up at the last minute and shoot Vader in the back but Wedge was there the whole battle, even saved Luke's life and didn't get dick.
 
2013-07-28 11:18:36 PM
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The year was 1968. We were on recon in a steaming Mekong delta. An overheated private removed his flack jacket, revealing a T-shirt with an ironed-on sporting the MAD slogan "Up with Mini-skirts!". Well, we all had a good laugh, even though I didn't quite understand it. But our momentary lapse of concentration allowed "Charlie" to get the drop on us. I spent the next three years in a POW camp, forced to subsist on a thin stew made of fish, vegetables, prawns, coconut milk, and four kinds of rice. I came close to madness trying to find it here in the States, but they just can't get the spices right!
 
2013-07-28 11:20:21 PM
Folks, there is a big disconnect between people who serve and those who do not. I say this as someone who has never served but has heard it said constantly about first one President and then another: you salute the office, not the man.

Day was awarded the CoH. When that happened he became a symbol, a living representation of those who could not be recognized. For those who went through the military these few men embody the experiences and individual heroism every man on the battlefield witnessed and the sacrifices others made or risked to get them home safely.

There are many opportunities to rightfully call a man such as Day to task for his other activities. But in a thread such as this what is being honored is his status to those who served and the connection they make with all those who also deserve recognition.
 
2013-07-28 11:57:21 PM
Thanks for keeping it classy, farkers.  He was against a dude that threw his medals away while keeping copies of them for an eventual presidential run, so he's worse than Hitler.
 
2013-07-29 12:10:46 AM
First off, as a retired U S Navy Chief, thank you for your comments. There are too many people who don't realize the sacrifices made by medal recipients.
Secondly, for the person who posted this story, and all who read it; please don't call anyone a medal winner. They earned their medals. They are recipients. It may seem like a degradation to those who don't understand. To those who do understand, calling them a medal winner is an insult.
Thank you.

FlyNavy must be shocked to learn he didn't choose medals over rank.
 
2013-07-29 12:41:53 AM

CliChe Guevara: exactly what part of "service does not excuse lack of integrity" are people not getting here?


The part where you ignore John Kerry's lack of integrity while pitching a screeching snitfit over Bud Day's.
 
2013-07-29 12:52:39 AM
Once a Marine, Always a Marine.
 
2013-07-29 12:53:10 AM
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2013-07-29 12:53:18 AM

Tatterdemalian: CliChe Guevara: exactly what part of "service does not excuse lack of integrity" are people not getting here?

The part where you ignore John Kerry's lack of integrity while pitching a screeching snitfit over Bud Day's.


when did i ever even mention kerry? please point that out to us, won't you?

if you can't manage to muster a reply to an actual point, inventing things that people never said isn't going to help. its a bit transparent, even by fark debate standards. also, now that the strawman thing is bust, please try not to follow it up with an ad hom, unless you are really truly hell-bent on becoming a complete parody.
 
2013-07-29 01:01:11 AM

CliChe Guevara: chiett: CliChe Guevara
I'm always glad I served my country for people like you.
I'm sure others are too.
I'm also glad because I was assured of never running into a little shiat like you while I was in.

how would you know? to be fair, you don't sound like the type to have made it in as officer material, so maybe we didn't meet.

/protip; not everyone who disagrees with you is a dirty hippie. in fact, i would guess most people who disagree with you do so simply because they have at least normal intelligence.


Wow! Dirty Hippie. What are you a clean sycophant?
Officer material, Yeah I'm sure I would have met you in the Mess.
FLYNAVY and you could regale us with great stories of your time in the Core!
You disagree with me because you can, and that "right" was assured by men like Col. Day, not little piss ants like you.
 
2013-07-29 02:13:11 AM

CliChe Guevara: Tatterdemalian: CliChe Guevara: exactly what part of "service does not excuse lack of integrity" are people not getting here?

The part where you ignore John Kerry's lack of integrity while pitching a screeching snitfit over Bud Day's.

when did i ever even mention kerry?


Exactly.

/it was actually pretty hilarious watching you refer to Kerry repeatedly as "other" just to avoid naming him
//hoping he'll run for President again in 2016, maybe?
 
2013-07-29 03:22:43 AM

chiett: FLYNAVY and you could regale us with great stories of your time in the Core!


 ah. apparently one must agree with you then to have legitimately served?

 i should have realized that a necessary corollary to your almost religious belief that military service exempts one from question for life was to deny the possibility of anyone disagreeing with you ever having served themselves. otherwise you would have to extend that same courtesy to those who disagree with you, which you are clearly incapable of doing.
 reality is a bit messier, you know with people who don't think exactly like you, and even actual women, blacks, and -gasp- even democrats having also served honorably. a fact i am very sure you try not to let into that thick 'patriot' skull of yours.
 
2013-07-29 06:04:49 AM

chiett: FLYNAVY and you could regale us with great stories of your time in the Core!


If you have proof he is an act of Stolen Valor, please present it to us. Otherwise, STFU, you asshole.

Thanks for your service. You have my respect for being a responsible citizen. It doesn't excuse you treating everyone else like shiat.
 
2013-07-29 08:35:42 AM

Corn_Fed: How did fighting a useless, vain, and losing war in Vietnam have any effect on our freedoms, one way or the other?


Because by fighting the North Vietnamese Communists we prevented the "Domino Effect" whereby Cambodia and Laos would fall under the influence of Communist China. So we prevented communism from infecting those countries and by doing so, we showed the People's Republic of China that we were unwilling to bend to their ideology. Now, today, we see that we've forced the PRC to engage in capitalism to the extent that they now own $1.2 trillion of U.S. debt. And Laos and Cambodia are freedom-loving democracies. Didn't you pay attention?
 
2013-07-29 05:26:33 PM

humanshrapnel: Tumunga: RIP Sir.

Is today the day the FarkLibtards like, or hate, McClain. I get confused.


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HA! I see what I did there!
 
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