Medal of Honor recipient Bud Day Speaks of Torture

I got shot down over North Vietnam in 1967, as a Squadron Commander. After I returned in 1973 I published 2 books that dealt a lot with "real torture" in Hanoi. Our make believe president is branding our country as a bunch of torturers when he has no idea what torture is.

As for me, I was put through a mock execution because I would not respond. I was pistol whipped on the head. A couple of days later I was hung by my feet all day. I escaped and a couple of weeks later, I got shot and recaptured. Being shot was OK, what happened afterwards was not.

They marched me to Vinh, put me in the rope trick, and almost pulled my arms out of the sockets. They beat me on the head with a little wooden rod until my eyes were swelled shut.

The next day they hung me by the arms, rebroke my right wrist, wiped out the nerves in my arms that control the hands, rolled my fingers up into a ball. They only left me with the slightest movement of my left forefinger.

So I started answering their questions with some incredible lies. They sent me to Hanoi strapped to a barrel of gas in the back of a truck. In Hanoi, on my knees, the rope trick again, followed by a beating by a big fool.

I was put into leg irons on a bed in Heartbreak Hotel.

I got a really bad beating for refusing to condemn Lyndon Johnson.

Several more kneeling events. I could see my knee bone through kneeling holes.

There was an escape from the annex to the Zoo. I was the Senior Officer of a large building. Because of the escape, they started a mass torture of all commanders.

I think it was July 7, 1969, they started beating me with a car fan belt. In first 2 days I took over 300 strokes and then stopped counting, because I never thought I would live thru it.

They continued day-night torture to get me to confess to a non-existent part in the escape. This went on for at least 3 days. On my knees, I was beat with the fan belt and cut open my scrotum with a fan belt stroke. They opened up both of my knee holes again. My fanny looked like hamburger, I could not lie on my back.

They tortured me into admitting that I was in on the escape and that my 2 roommates knew about it.

The next day I denied the lie. They commenced torturing me again with 3, 6, or 9 strokes of
the fan belt every day from about July 11 or 12th to 14 October 1969. I continued to refuse to lie about my roommates again.

Now, the point of this is that our make-believe president has declared to the world that we are a bunch of torturers, and thus it will be ok to torture us the next time the enemy captures an American, because that is what the USA does.

Our make-believe president is a know-nothing fool who thinks that pouring a little water on someone's face, or hanging a pair of women's pants over an Arabs head is TORTURE. He is a meathead.

I just talked to MOH holder Leo Thorsness, who was also in my squadron, in jail, as was John McCain and we agree that McCain does not speak for the POW group when he claims that Al Gharib was torture or that "water boarding" is torture.

Our president and those fools around him who keep bad mouthing our great country are a disgrace to the United States.

If it got the Arab to cough up the story about how he planned the attack on the twin towers in NYC, hurrah for the guy who poured the water.

"Bud" Day, Medal Of Honor Recipient

George Everett "Bud" Day(born February 24, 1925) is a retired U.S. Air Force Colonel and Command Pilot who served during the Vietnam War. He is often cited as being the most decorated U.S. service member since General Douglas MacArthur, having received some seventy decorations, a majority for actions in combat. Day is also a recipient of the Medal of Honor.


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