[Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: William J. Clinton (1998, Book II)]
[November 2, 1998]
[Page 1964]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office www.gpo.gov]

[[Page 1964]]

Statement on the Death of General James L. Day
November 2, 1998

    Hillary and I were saddened to learn of the death of General James 
L. Day, USMC (Ret). Last January I awarded General Day our Nation's 
highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, for extraordinary heroism 
during the battle of Okinawa in 1945.
    General Day's service did not end at Okinawa. He distinguished 
himself for courage and leadership in a career of service that spanned 
more than four decades. From World War II to Korea and Vietnam, he 
served his country with patriotism, dedication, and unsurpassed bravery. 
General Day's lifetime of achievements embodied the words Semper 
    We will miss this true hero, whose selfless conduct as a Marine and 
citizen set a shining example for all Americans. We are grateful for all 
he did to preserve the freedom that is our most sacred gift. Our 
thoughts and prayers go to his wife, Sally, his son, Jim, and the entire 
Day family.