Colonel Bud Day, an American Hero to be laid to rest

Written by David DiCrescenzo on . Posted in Obituaries

Colonel Bud Day, a man that served our nation proudly, and was among the very few to serve in WWII, Korea, and Vietnam; was a POW with John McCain, and was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor among other medals too numerous to mention here, passed away this weekend. You may read the stunning citation of his Medal of Honor by clicking here. 

Over the coming days leading up to his burial, no doubt much will be said about this American Hero who always put America first; I feel it is important to note that he was a devoted husband and father, and a Christian whose faith never waned even during the darkest hours of his five and a half years as a POW.

In an interview last year with Lutheran Witness, he talked about how his faith carried him through; “I have been frightened many times.  I don’t make any excuses or apologies for that,” he said. “However, I experienced that there was physically a calm that God gave me in the midst of trouble.” 

Bud Day is survived by his loving wife of 64 years; his children, retired Air Force Capt. Steve Day, retired Air Force Lt. Colonel George Day, Sandra Hearn, Sonja LaJeunesse, and 14 grandchildren.  He will be laid to rest this Thursday near his home in Florida.

We at The Patriots Press join our entire nation in saluting this man and his service to our great nation.  Thank you for a job well done Colonel; rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.

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Dennis Farina dead at 69

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Publisher's note:  Former Chicago Cop and well known actor Dennis Farina has passed away at the age of 69.  Rest in Peace Mr. Farina

Chicago Tribune:  Dennis Farina had the sort of Chicago neighborhood face you’d find behind the tap at a corner tavern, standing at first base on a softball diamond or lugging your new icebox up the stairs. As he said to a Tribune reporter nearly 20 years ago while sitting high above the city of his birth, riding the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel: “I spend all day walking around this city. I always come back here. This is where I’m comfortable.”

The actor — famous for his work in such films as “Get Shorty,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Midnight Run,” and in television shows such as “Crime Story” and “Law & Order” — died suddenly Monday morning in Scottsdale, Ariz., after suffering a blood clot in his lung. He was 69.

Though he spent much of his time in warm climes, Farina still had a home here, the better to keep in close touch with family members and lifelong friends. They kept him grounded because they all knew what the TV-watching, movie-going public never could: Farina was self-effacing and shy at his core.

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'The Iron Lady' Margaret Thatcher Dead at 87

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, an outspoken woman known to many as "The Iron Lady," has died at 87 after suffering a stroke.

"It is with great sadness that Mark and Carol Thatcher announced that their mother Baroness Thatcher died peacefully following a stroke this morning,” Thatcher spokesperson Lord Bell said in a statement.

Thatcher led Britain's Conservatives to three election victories from 1979 to 1990, the longest continuous period in office by a British prime minister since the early 19th century. Alongside former U.S. President Ronald Reagan, Thatcher battled against communism and saw the Berlin Wall get torn down in 1989.

On Monday, British Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his trip to several European countries after the announcement of Thatcher's death.

"We have lost a great leader, a great prime minister and a great Briton,'' Cameron said in a statement.

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Former Attorney General C. Everett Koop Dead at 96

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With his striking beard and starched uniform, former Surgeon General C. Everett Koop became one of the most recognizable figures of the Reagan era -- and one of the most unexpectedly enduring.

His nomination in 1981 met a wall of opposition from women's groups and liberal politicians, who complained President Ronald Reagan selected Koop, a pediatric surgeon and evangelical Christian from Philadelphia, only because of his conservative views, especially his staunch opposition to abortion.

Soon, though, he was a hero to AIDS activists, who chanted "Koop, Koop" at his appearances but booed other officials. And when he left his post in 1989, he left behind a landscape where AIDS was a top research and educational priority, smoking was considered a public health hazard, and access to abortion remained largely intact.

Koop, who turned his once-obscure post into a bully pulpit for seven years during the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations and who surprised both ends of the political spectrum by setting aside his conservative personal views on issues such as homosexuality and abortion to keep his focus sharply medical, died Monday at his home in Hanover, N.H. He was 96.

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Hero Gunned Down, Nation Mourns

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Chris Kyle, a former U.S. Navy SEAL credited with the largest number of confirmed kills, was one of two people fatally shot at a North Texas shooting range Saturday, Texas Highway Patrol confirmed to Fox News.

25-year-old Eddie Ray Routh of Lancaster was arraigned Saturday evening on two counts of capital murder.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel said Erath County Sheriff's deputies responded to a call about a shooting at the Rough Creek Lodge, west of Glen Rose, at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Police found the bodies of Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, at the shooting range. Glen Rose is about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth.

Police said Routh opened fire on Kyle and Littlefield around 3:30 p.m. Saturday, then fled in a Ford pickup truck. At about 8 p.m., Routh arrived at his home in Lancaster, about 17 miles southeast of Dallas. Police arrested him after a brief pursuit and took him to the Lancaster Police Department.

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