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George E. Day Collection

George E. Day Collection

Biographical Information

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Name:
George E. Day
State of Birth:
IA
Home State:
FL
Gender
Male
Race
White

War or Conflict
World War, 1939-1945
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1942-1945
Entrance into Service
Enlisted
Branch of Service
Marine Corps
Unit of Service
3rd Defense Battalion
Location of Service
Johnston Island; Pacific Theater
Battles/Campaigns
Central Pacific
Highest Rank
Corporal
Prisoner of War
No

War or Conflict
Cold War
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1946-1951
Entrance into Service
Commissioned
Branch of Service
Army
Unit of Service
Army Reserve; Iowa Air National Guard
Location of Service
Iowa
Highest Rank
Second Lieutenant
Prisoner of War
No
Service History Note
The veteran served in the Army Reserve from 1945 to 1950. He received a commission in the Iowa Air National Guard as a second lieutenant in 1950.

War or Conflict
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1951-1954
Entrance into Service
Commissioned
Branch of Service
Air Force
Unit of Service
12th Fighter Wing
Location of Service
K-2, Korea; RAF Wethersfield, United Kingdom
Highest Rank
Captain
Prisoner of War
No

War or Conflict
Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1954-1978
Entrance into Service
Commissioned
Branch of Service
Air Force
Unit of Service
31st Tactical Fighter Wing; Detachment 1, 416th Tactical Fighter Squadron, 37th Tactical Fighter Wing
Location of Service
Tuy Hoa Air Base, Vietnam; Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam; Hanoi Hilton, North Vietnam
Highest Rank
Colonel
Prisoner of War
Yes
Service History Note
The veteran earned the Medal of Honor for his service as a prisoner of war (POW) in North Vietnam from 07/16/1969 to 10/14/1969 enduring torture by the Vietnamese. The veteran was shot down on 08/26/1967 during his twenty-sixth Fast Forward Air Controller (Fast FAC) mission over North Vietnam.

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Type of Resource:
Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview
Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy
Manuscript: Biography [1 item] -- Typewritten document
Manuscript: Clippings [5 items] -- Typewritten document
Manuscript: Periodicals [1 item] -- Typewritten document
Manuscript: Printed matter [1 item] -- Typewritten document
Interviewer:
Carolyn Ketchel
Interviewer:
Trey Petermann
Contributor:
Caroline Maney
Contributor Affiliation/Organization:
Daughters of the American Revolution, Choctawhatchee Bay Chapter, Florida
Collection #:
AFC/2001/001/92592
Subjects:
Day, George E.
World War, 1939-1945--Personal Narratives
United States. Marine Corps.
Cold War--Personal Narratives
United States. Army.
Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal Narratives
United States. Air Force.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal Narratives
United States. Air Force.
Prisoner of War--United States
Cite as:
George E. Day Collection
(AFC/2001/001/92592), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
 
 

 

Last Edit: 2019-11-06
 

 

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