DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Gov. Terry Branstad has ordered all U.S. flags in Iowa flown at half-staff in honor of retired Col. George “Bud” Day, an Iowa native who died last week.
Branstad made the order for flags flown from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
The funeral for Day, who died Saturday at age 88, will be held Thursday in Shalimar, Fla. He will be buried in Barrancas National Cemetery at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
Day was born in Sioux City and was one of the nation’s most highly decorated servicemen, earning more than 70 medals during service in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Among his honors was the Medal of Honor for escaping his captors for 10 days after the aircraft he was piloting was shot down over North Vietnam.