Timothy T. Day
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Timothy T. Day
Biography – Marine Corps
Tim Day joined the Marine Corps in 1956 and served on active duty from 1959 to 1962. As an artillery officer he served as a Forward Observer, Platoon Commander, Fire Direction Officer, Battery Executive Officer, and temporarily as Acting Commanding Officer of the Battery. He was honorably discharged in 1970 having attained the rank of Captain. The experience had a profound influence on his core values, personal traits, and character – and that influence still guides his actions and has helped him become the man he is today, both personally and professionally. Through the generosity of Tim and Sandy Day and the Timothy T. Day Foundation, Inc. (Foundation) many Marines have and will be touched through a variety of contributions and projects. These include long-term support to:
• The Semper Fi Fund since 2004. The Foundation has established The Tim and Sandy Day Canine Companions, which provides service dogs and related care to Marines in need.
• The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation since 2005. The Foundation initiated The Day Scholars Program, which provides additional educational assistance to outstanding college seniors and includes a mentoring program.
• The Marine Corps University Foundation since 2005, with a focus on the case method
• The Marine Corps Association Foundation since 2015, primarily supporting the Commanders’ Forum Program.
• Marine Corps Fellowships at the Harvard Business School, where the Foundation has two ongoing programs. First, the Marine Corps Entrepreneur Fellowship was started in 2005 to provide financial support to distinguished MBA students who have demonstrated hands-on leadership as Marine officers – particularly those who have served in combat operations and have a manifest interest in entrepreneurship. The vision of this Fellowship is to assist outstanding Marines to become superior leaders in the free-enterprise system and the Nation. Second, the Marine Corps Executive Education Fellowship was started in 2011 to fund the attendance of senior officers in the Advanced Management Program. It is awarded to career officers who have demonstrated exceptional past leadership – particularly those who have served in combat operations and who are recognized as having great potential as future leaders of the Marine Corps. The vision of this Fellowship is to build a cadre of senior officers who will leverage this unique educational experience to strengthen, in some measure, the great capabilities and legacy of the Marine Corps.
• Tim is a Founder of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and has been involved with the organization since 2002. In 2004, the Foundation funded the Tarawa Exhibit for the main entry gallery of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The Semper Fidelis Memorial Chapel on the grounds of the Semper Fidelis Memorial Park was made possible by a $5 million grant from the Foundation and the dedication ceremony took place in 2009. In 2012, the Foundation committed to a $12 million lead gift to fund the Timothy T. Day Overlook and the expansion of the Museum to provide galleries and exhibits portraying the modern era of Marine Corps history from post-Vietnam War to the current timeframe. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Final Phase Campaign to expand the Museum and the formal dedication of the Overlook took place in 2015.
Tim has received numerous awards and honors due to his ongoing commitment to Marines and the Marine Corps. He was the Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at the Phoenix Luncheon Committee in 2007; the Marine Corps League – Old Breed Detachment in Phoenix, AZ in 2009; the 6th Engineer Support Battalion, Company C in Phoenix, AZ in 2011; and the Recruiting Station in Phoenix, AZ in 2012. Tim was also the Guest of Honor Speaker at the Marine Corps Arizona Reunion in Prescott, AZ, and the recipient of the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation’s “The John A. Lejeune Award for Exemplary Leadership” in 2012. In 2013, he was presented the “Semper Fidelis Award” by the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; he was the Parade Reviewing Officer at MCRD Graduations in San Diego, CA and Parris Island, SC; the Guest of Honor at the Sunset Parade in Washington, D.C., and at the Home of the Commandants; and the Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marines Corps Birthday at the Marine Corps League – Copper State Detachment in Prescott, AZ, and the Marine Aircraft Group 14 in Cherry Point, NC. In 2014, Tim was honored with a plaque at the Mount Soledad Veterans Memorial in La Jolla, CA, for his service to our country. He returned to MCRD San Diego in 2015 as the Parade Reviewing Officer for recruit graduation ceremonies and was the Guest of Honor Speaker at the MCRD Museum Foundation Globe & Anchor Salute in San Diego, CA. During Marine Week Phoenix 2015, he was presented with the “Chesty Puller Recruit Company Honor Graduate Award” by the Marine Corps Association & Foundation. In 2017, he was Guest of Honor at the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.; and the Guest of Honor Speaker for the Marine Corps Birthday at Marine Aircraft Group 24 in Kaneohe Bay, HI, and at the Recruiting Station in Phoenix, AZ.