Col. Bud Day, America’s most highly decorated veteran, was on FOX News this morning. He discussed the difference between what the Swiftboat Veterans for Truth did to John Kerry and what Gen. Wesley Clark tried to do to John McCain.
Bud Day also offered some superior advice to Wesley Clark on how best to remove his foot from his mouth:
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Greyhawk has an impressive biography of Bud Day’s career that you won’t hear on any of the networks any time too soon.
And, Power Line included this heroic story on Col. Bud Day, the recipient of the Medal of Honor and America’s most highly decorated veteran:
Karl Rove met up with Col. Day in April and related this story in a subsequent Wall Street Journal column. Day escaped his original detention in North Vietnam, but was recaptured. Upon recapture, the North Vietnamese conveyed a harsh message:
When he was recaptured, a Vietnamese captor broke his arm and said, “I told you I would make you a cripple.”
The break was designed to shatter Mr. Day’s will. He had survived in prison on the hope that one day he would return to the United States and be able to fly again. To kill that hope, the Vietnamese left part of a bone sticking out of his arm, and put him in a misshapen cast. This was done so that the arm would heal at “a goofy angle,” as Mr. Day explained. Had it done so, he never would have flown again.
But it didn’t heal that way because of John McCain. Risking severe punishment, Messrs. McCain and Day collected pieces of bamboo in the prison courtyard to use as a splint. Mr. McCain put Mr. Day on the floor of their cell and, using his foot, jerked the broken bone into place. Then, using strips from the bandage on his own wounded leg and the bamboo, he put Mr. Day’s splint in place.
Years later, Air Force surgeons examined Mr. Day and complimented the treatment he’d gotten from his captors. Mr. Day corrected them. It was Dr. McCain who deserved the credit. Mr. Day went on to fly again.
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What a story!
Democrats are going to have a rough time smearing McCain’s military service.
But, that won’t keep them from trying.