USD recognizes alumni during dedication of Patriots Plaza

VERMILLION, S.D. (WNAX) – Congressional Medal of Honor recipient General Bud Day was one of three University of South Dakota alumni who were honored for their military service during the dedication of the school’s Patriots Plaza on Veterans Day.

USD President Sheila Gestring says the idea for the plaza started with Christian Fosse, (fossy) a navy veteran and patriotic student.

Also recognized were Medal of Honor recipients, Marine Captain and fighter pilot Joe Foss and Army Captain Arlo Olson, who both served in World War Two.

Foss is well known for numerous accomplishments.

Olson died in combat in Italy fighting the Nazis.

Bud Day, was an Air Force pilot who endured incredible hardship and torture as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

All three heroes have been honored with a plaque on the plaza designed by USD students.