Bud & Dorie Day Patriots' Trail
Bud and Dorie were both natives of Sioux City, Iowa and later adopted the Fort Walton Beach area as their hometown.
After service in World War II and Korea, Bud was shot down over North Vietnam on August 26, 1967. He spent the next five years, seven months enduring torture and solitary confinement as a POW. While Bud was imprisoned, Dorie campaigned tirelessly for humane treatment of all POWs and for their release. Following Bud's return, they moved to Fort Walton Beach, where Bud was assigned as Vice Wing Commander of the 33rd Fighter Wing at Eglin AFB.
On March 6, 1976, President Gerald Ford presented Col. Day with the nation's highest award for valor, The Medal of Honor. This honor, along with his others, made him the most decorated airman in US history.
After his retirement from the Air Force, Bud practiced law while he and Dorie raised their four children in nearby Shalimar. Bud's efforts before the Supreme Court of the United States were a major factor in securing medical care for all qualified veterans.
Erected 2015 by the City of Fort Walton Beach & Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & Patriotism • War, Vietnam.
Location. 30° 24.926′ N, 86° 36.321′ W. Marker is in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker is on Staff Drive NE east of Eglin Parkway (Florida Route 85), on the right when traveling east. 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 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Prisoner of War (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dorie's POW Negotiations (approx. 0.2 miles away); Class Action LawsuitPreserving and Protecting the Mound (approx. 0.8 miles away); Story of the Fort Walton Temple Mound (approx. 0.8 miles away); Okaloosa County Desert Storm Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Walton (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Walton Beach.
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 37 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on December 31, 2020, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.