McCain Remembers Former POW Cellmate on Senate Floor

by Andrew Johnson

An emotional John McCain took to the Senate floor this afternoon to eulogize retired Air Force Colonel George “Bud” Day, who spent five and a half years as a POW in Vietnam with McCain at the Hoa Lo Prison.

Day had a decorated military career — including a Medal of Honor for escaping his captors after his aircraft was shot down — while serving in World II, Korea, and Vietnam. While a prisoner of war at the infamous “Hanoi Hilton,” Day was subjected to torture; after being hung by his arms for days at a time, Day’s arms and hands never properly worked again.

After his release, he retired to Florida where he practiced law and became a champion of veterans’ health-care benefits. Day was 88.

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