Herman ‘Karl’ Day Jr., 82, Green Beret With a Bronze Star Who Rededicated His Life at a Retreat in Darien
Herman E. “Karl” Day, Jr., 82, of Greer, SC, passed away on June 22. Karl was born in Flint, MI, to Herman Eugene and Florence Ford Day. In 1957, he graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with a bachelor’s degree in engineering, a devotion to America and a zest for life. Entering active duty as a 2nd lieutenant, Karl was an Army Ranger, Green Beret, as well as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division and the 10th Special Forces Group in Germany. He earned a masters in engineering at Michigan State and returned to West Point, where he taught ordinance courses and two electives for senior cadets on several subjects — propulsion, ballistics, automotive, and materials engineering — the only department officer qualified to do so.