April 1997

"Bud" Day: Air Force Medal of Honor Marine

Volume 80, Issue 4

The pain was excruciating. "Bud" Day's mind was swimming in spasms, of agony and fear. The hemp rope cinched around his ankles had deadened his feet.

His captors, who relished their work, hauled him aloft upside down, playing a morbid tug-of-war and let him swing freely off the floor. The blood rushed to his head, blurring his vision and piercing his skull with the most horrible throbbing he'd ever felt. They left him hanging like butchered beef in the meat packing plants of his hometown. Mosquitos and flies saw him only as a bloody meal and feasted with savagery.

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