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Fort Walton Beach in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Prisoner of War

 

— Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail —

 
Prisoner of War Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
1. Prisoner of War Marker
Inscription.  Shot down August 26, 1967 during 500 M.P.H. attack on missile site. Injured with 3 right arm breaks, injured knee, damaged eye.
Captured, tortured, and escaped through jungle for 2 weeks, swam the Ben Hai River back into South Vietnam, and was within two miles of the Marine outpost at Con Tien.
Met North Vietnam soldiers, refused to surrender. Shot while trying to escape, recaptured, transported back North.
POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Hung by arms for refusing to reply. Both arms and hands paralyzed from hanging. Arm rebroken. Multiple tortures, refused to respond as demanded.
Unit Commander during May 1969 escape.
Beaten Daily with fan belt (66 days) from 7/7/69 through 9/11/69.
Refused to yield. Set the example.
Awarded Medal of Honor and Air Force Cross for escape, resistance and leadership.
38 months solitary. Senior Officer, multiple camps, for 5 years 7 months.

Photo captions:
Top left: This is a POW shirt worn by Col. Day while in captivity in North Vietnam. This was standard prison garb issued by the North Vietnamese. Col. Day embroidered the “D”

Prisoner of War Marker along the trail. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
2. Prisoner of War Marker along the trail.
on the right breast of the shirt with a handmade needle made out of a small piece of wire.
Bottom left: This is the shirt worn by Col. Day during the process of his release in March of 73. He was also issued very cheap blue pants and size 13 shoes. (Col. Day wears á size 9 1/2). Col. Day's assumption was that the clothing was made in China.
Top right: Using a needle fashioned from a piece of wire, one of Col. Day's fellow prisoners created this hat out of a washcloth. He then gave the hat to Col. Day as a Christmas present.
Bottom right: A sketch of how Col. Day was tortured when he was a POW.

 
Erected 2015 by the City of Fort Walton Beach & Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce. (Marker Number 7.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, Vietnam.
 
Location. 30° 25.012′ N, 86° 36.19′ W. Marker is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Iowa Drive NE when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fort Walton Beach FL 32548, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Mistys (within shouting distance of this marker); Dorie's POW Negotiations (within shouting distance of this marker); Class Action Lawsuit (about
Portrait of USAF Colonel George Everett "Bud" Day image. Click for full size.
By Public domain, May 28, 2008
3. Portrait of USAF Colonel George Everett "Bud" Day
500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail (approx. 0.2 miles away); Preserving and Protecting the Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away); Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound (approx. 0.9 miles away); Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort Walton (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bud Day: Vietnam War POW Hero (History.Net). (Submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Wikipedia article on Bud Day. (Submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 29, 2020
4. Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 31, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 66 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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