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American Patriot: The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day

by Robert Coram

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One of America's finest men. Sad that only a few people know about his life and what he sacrificed for us. Well worth reading. ( )
  Chris_El | Mar 19, 2015 |
You'll be blown away by the strength of character in Colonel "Bud" Day. A Prisoner of War in the Hanoi Hilton for 67 months, he never broke, never quit fighting, and never ceased being a leader and inspiration to those around him. While Colonel Day is so much the warrior with a tremendous fighting spirit, his story is one of a life defined by honor and commitment. While a lot of "gung ho" pilots might be characterized as "all thrust" and no rudder, Day's rudder -- guided by conscience and faith -- is substantial. Following a military career, which was cut all too short by service politics, he continued to steer an unwavering course as a lawyer and veterans advocate. His last great battles: suing the U.S. Government for reneging on lifetime medical care for military retirees and challenging Sen John Kerry's fitness to be Commander in Chief based on his military performance. Coram's book is a must-read for anyone in uniform. Honor, Courage, and Commitment are more than just words, they have to be lived and Colonel Day does just that. It is also a must-read for anyone who has never been in the military because it provides tremendous insight into "why we fight". It's not for blood. It's not for machismo. It's for the principles we hold dear as Americans and even more so, for those we fight alongside. Politics aside, it's a telling reminder of what a treasure our nation's veterans are. ( )
  traumleben | Dec 18, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316067393, Paperback)

During the course of his military career, through World War II, Korean, and then Vietnam, Bud Day received every available combat medal, escaped death on no fewer than seven occasions, and spent sixty-seven months as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, where his roommate was John McCain. Despite incredible torture, Day would not break. He became a hero to POWs everywhere--a man who fought without pause, a prisoner at war.

But Day's story didn't end when he returned home from Vietnam. In fact, in some ways, it was just beginning. He became a passionate advocate for veterans' rights, a hero to those who served their country so bravely and selflessly. And when theClinton Administration cut veterans' medical benefits, Bud Day knew that--however weary his bones, however aged his comrades--it was time to suit up for a new battle, this time against an opponent he had never expected to face: the United States government.

"Superb....[Coram] has researched thoroughly and written fluently and with sympathy for his subject, an authentic hero worthy of many books."--Booklist

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During the course of his military career, Bud Day won every available combat medal, escaped death on no less than seven occasions, and spent 67 months as a POW in the infamous Hanoi Hilton, along with John McCain. Despite sustained torture, Day would not break. He became a hero to POWs everywhere--a man who fought without pause, not a prisoner of war, but a prisoner at war. Upon his return, passed over for promotion to Brigadier General, Day retired. But years later, with his children grown and a lifetime of service to his country behind him, he would engage in another battle, this one against an opponent he never had expected: his own country. On his side would be the hundreds of thousands of veterans who had fought for America only to be betrayed--and what would happen next would make Bud Day an even greater legend.--Publisher description.… (more)

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