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LARRY DOUGLAS SHARP

  • Wall Name:LARRY D SHARP
  • Date of Birth:8/25/1947
  • Date of Casualty:11/9/1967
  • Home of Record:SAN LORENZO
  • County of Record:ALAMEDA COUNTY
  • State:CA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:29E, 62
  • Casualty Province:KONTUM

BILLY TEMPLETON

  • Wall Name:BILLY TEMPLETON
  • Date of Birth:1/28/1948
  • Date of Casualty:11/9/1967
  • Home of Record:PELHAM
  • County of Record:MITCHELL COUNTY
  • State:GA
  • Branch of Service:ARMY
  • Rank:PFC
  • Panel/Row:29E, 63
  • Casualty Province:QUANG NAM

LANCE PETER SIJAN


is honored on Panel 29E, Row 62 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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REMEMBRANCES

  • Wisconsin 37 POW/MIA Tribute

    Posted on 8/24/14 - by Jeff Doc Dentice
    Lance Sijan is remembered on Docs Wisconsin 37 Tribute page, along with all the WI. Vietnam War POW/MIA. www.war-veterans.org/Wi37.htm
  • Wisconsin 37 POW/MIA Tribute

    Posted on 8/24/14 - by Jeff Doc Dentice
    Lance Sijan is remembered on Docs Wisconsin 37 Tribute page, along with all the WI. Vietnam War POW/MIA. www.war-veterans.org/Wi37.htm
    Lances sister Janine Sijan Rozina and Doc Dentice are friends.
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  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 10/26/13 - by Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net
    Dear Captain Lance Peter Sijan, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir

    Curt Carter
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  • Remembrance

    Posted on 6/19/12 - by proskairos@gmail.com

    CAPT. Lance P. Sijan (pic is of him as 2LT); Home of Record - Milwaukee, Wisconsin; more info at http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiLanceSijan, http:en.wikipedia.orgwikiIntotheMouthoftheCat, and in book titled 'Into the Mouth of the Cat.'

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  • If I should die...remembrances for CAPT. Lance Peter SIJAN, USAF...who made the ultimate sacrifice!!

    Posted on 6/4/11 - by
    If I should die, and leave you here awhile, be not like others, sore undone, who keep long vigils by the silent dust, and weep...for MY sake, turn again to life, and smile...Nerving thy heart, and trembling hand to do something to comfort other hearts than thine...Complete these dear, unfinished tasks of mine...and I, p[erchance, may therein comfort you.
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  • God Bless You and Your Family

    Posted on 12/11/09 - by Mark Buono nsb2100@yahoo.com

    Your strength and courage are a milestone for every American.



    RIP

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  • Still remembering you and all the others we lost

    Posted on 8/17/09 - by juli martin juliex.a.martin@intel.com
    I only knew you through my neighbors - who were teachers at Brookfield, and my involvement with POW-MIA families in Wis. Sad to say, I attended your funeral - the 1st military funeral I had ever been to -it was heart breaking to say the very least. If you can hear me in heaven - God bless you and all the others who have given their lives for our country, and all those now serving all over the world. I still have my VIVA bracelets. I have visited THE WALL and touched the names - I touched your name at the Air Force Academy and said a prayer for you in that beautiful chapel. Thank you for all that you gave.
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  • The real Rambo

    Posted on 9/12/08 - by Larry S. Buchanan Jr. eagle_eye73@yahoo.com
    Dear Sir,

    You showed the guts necessary when the worst fate was looing over your head. You and all those who served in Vietnam showed the world one thing. Never count us out. Three strikes and you are not out.
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  • The Final Bridge

    Posted on 9/25/05 - by Steve Conto, Menasha, WI sconto@new.rr.com
    Lance is buried at Arlington Park Cemetery, Milwaukee, WI, Sec. 26, northeast corner. The cemetery is located on S. 27th st. (Hwy 241) just north of Interstate 43/894.
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  • The Lords' Warrior

    Posted on 7/2/05 - by Randy & Patrice Hudzinski clarkgable39@Aol.com
    To our Hero Lance with great valor and sacrifice keeping moral courage alive eternal; a true inspiration for Christ, justice and endearing love deep within our hearts. Your kindred soul mates-keep the gates of Heaven protected!
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  • Who Shall We Send

    Posted on 5/14/05 - by Dave Avery averyds@carrollsweb.com
    "An God said who shall we send.I answered I am here,send me."

    Isaiah 6:8

    Repos Dans La Paix
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  • A Remarkable Man

    Posted on 1/26/04 - by Bruce Krall
    I read "Into the Mouth of the Cat". You were a remarkable man. A Hero who cared more about your comrades than yourself. You were an inspiration to your fellow POW's and are still an inspiration to others in the military. Rest in Peace.
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  • American Hero

    Posted on 1/18/04 - by P.G. Gentrup pggentrup@aep.com
    Thank God we have had young men like Lance Sijan serve our country. It's brave young men like him who have made this the greatest nation in the world. People should stop and think and be thankful for men like him who have given so much for our country. Every basic right and freedom we have has been paid for with the blood of American troops down through the years. He makes me proud to be an American !! May he rest in peace !!
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  • Memorial

    Posted on 7/20/03 - by Janice Neustedter
    On 6/8/2003, a memorial to Capt. Lance Sijan was dedicated in Arligton Park Cemetery, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ross Perot was the featured speaker and the ceremony included the reading of a letter from Sen. John McCain and comments by Capt. Guy Gruters (USAF, Retired -- a classmate from the Air Force Academy and a cellmate of Sijan's in Vietnam). Rain poured throughout the ceremony but this discomfort seemed inconsequential as I remembered what Lance Sijan endured. I was honored to attend this moving ceremony for a brave and remarkable man. You've made a difference in my life by the way you lived.
    May God's peace and blessings comfort your family. You are remembered and you are my hero.
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  • Lance P. Sijan

    Posted on 4/27/03 - by Maggie
    From you I learned to be brave.
  • U.S. Air Force Academy

    Posted on 1/28/03 - by USAFA AOG
    Photo provided by:
    United States Air Force Academy
    Association of Graduates
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  • U.S. Air Force Academy

    Posted on 1/28/03 - by USAFA AOG
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    United States Air Force Academy
    Association of Graduates
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  • U.S. Air Force Academy

    Posted on 1/28/03 - by USAFA AOG
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  • THe best book I ever read

    Posted on 10/24/02 - by Donaghy
    I read the book "Into The Mouth Of The Cat" and i can honestally say that it was the best book I ever read. I have read over 30 Vietnam books and "Into The Mouth Of The Cat" is the best one. The story of heirosim and bravery is truly admirable. Lance Sijan is the ideal american, and a great historical icon.
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  • Courage personified

    Posted on 10/3/02 - by Ken Rubin
    I first read Lance's story in Reader's Digest, but it didn't sink in until a visit to the Academy years later. My heart was filled with grief for this young man's horrible suffering, and also with awe at a courage seldom found even among the many heroes of Vietnam. Captain Sijan is one of that small group of whom I say, "This country doesn't deserve such men". Lance, thank you.

    My heart is also with the Sijan family, who had and continue to have their own pain to bear. Mercifully few are called upon to endure what the Sijans have endured. As a hero, Lance belongs to all who value courage. As a son and brother, he is the Sijans' alone. God grant them all his peace, and may their reunion in heaven be joyful indeed.
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  • Proud to serve with men like him

    Posted on 9/14/02
    I am a cadet at the United States Air Force Academy where Captain Sijan also attended school.

    We (USAFA cadets) are reminded every day of his actions; many of my classmates even live in a dormatory named after him.

    He was a true hero and we are all proud to be associated with him.

    His courage was immeassurable, I can only try to be as strong as him.


    "What you have chosen to do for your country
    by devoting your life to the service of your country
    is the greatest contribution that any man can make"
    - President John F. Kennedy



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  • YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN

    Posted on 4/8/02 - by Michelle Allen
    I first learned of Capt Sijan during a high school trip to USAFA in 1994, and was intrigued by his story. I read everything I could find about him, and was horrified and inspired by his experience. I am humbled every time I think about what he uncomplainingly endured, and it makes my daily problems seem very petty indeed. In college I had the chance to visit The Wall and took a rubbing of his name. I stuck it randomly in my Bible; ironically, I had put it in Jeremiah 37, where he is imprisoned. I will never forget Capt Sijan, and I look forward to meeting him in Heaven.
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  • In Honor of a TRUE American Hero

    Posted on 1/10/02 - by Doug Sterner
    In an act of heroism above and beyond the call of duty, this American gave his life so that others might live. We honor his memory and sacrafice by preserving the torch of liberty that has been passed to us.
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  • Our son and hero.

    Posted on 12/5/01 - by Mr. and Mrs. Sijan MORE
  • Rest in Peace

    Posted on 11/15/01 - by Joseph F. Campbell
    Your Love & Spirit is alive in us. Milwaukee will always remember your and your wonderful family.
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  • Our company's most distinguished award...The Sijan Award

    Posted on 10/26/01 - by Michael Durham
    Nearly 15 years ago, the Vice-President of my company recommended a book for me to read. It was "Into the Mouth of the Cat", and it was Lance Sijan's story. Earlier this year, we created an award in his honor for an achievement which requires extraordinary diligence, discipline, focus and sacrifice to attain. I'm proud to work for a company which chooses to honor Capt. Sijan in this way. I'm proud to be an American, and I'm proud of the sacrifice made by Capt. Sijan and his family. When I visited The Wall about five years ago, his was the name I looked for...and found.
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  • A RECIPIENT OF THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR

    Posted on 6/16/01 - by CLAY MARSTON

    CAPTAIN


    LANCE PETER SIJAN


    served as a


    pilot of an


    F-4C ' PHANTOM '


    with the


    480th TACTICAL FIGHTER SQUADRON

    DA NANG AIR FORCE BASE

    REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM

    and was a posthumous recipient of the


    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE


    CONGRESIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    who rests in honored glory in


    ARLINGTON PARK CEMETERY


    MILWAUKEE COUNTY


    MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN



    To view an image of his memorial site,

    please go to....


    www.findagrave.com/pictures/9621



    *



    CITATION

    FOR AWARD OF THE


    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE


    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR


    near BAN LOY FORD, LAOS

    and

    BAN KARI PASS and

    HOA LO PRISON, NORTH VIETNAM



    While on a flight over North Vietnam, Captain LANCE PETER SIJAN was ejected from his disabled aircraft and successfully evaded capture for more than six weeks. During this time he was seriously injured and suffered from shock and extreme weight loss due to lack of food. After being captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, Captain Sijan was taken to a holding point for subsequent transfer to a prisoner-of-war camp. In his emaciated and crippled condition he overpowered one of his guards and crawled into the jungle, only to be recaptured after several hours. He was then transferred to another prison camp where he was kept in solitary confinement and interrogated at length. During interrogation he was severely tortured, however he did not divulge any information to his captors. Captain Sijan lapsed into delirium and was placed in the care of another prisoner. During his intermittent periods of consciousness until his death, he never complained of his physical condition and, on several occasions, spoke of future escape attempts. Captain Sijan's extraordinary heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the United Sates Armed Forces.



    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^



    At the UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY at
    Colorado Springs, Colorado, one can view a
    tremendous statue erected in honor of the late


    CAPTAIN

    LANCE PETER SIJAN

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE

    CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR



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    HE FOUGHT FOR OUR FREEDOM AND NEVER CAME HOME
    REMEMBER HIM FOREVER


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    I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT
    I HAVE FINISHED THE COURSE
    I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH

    Timothy 2:4



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  • The Story of Lance Sijan, Hero of Vietnam

    Posted on 9/1/00 - by Richard K.Djerf Chu Lai,Vietnam. 6-66 to 4-68
    I found this book at the Fair at Phoenix,Az for $1.00, so I bought it. It's the story of Lance Sijan and his heroic acts after he was shot down in Laos.

    A very moving story. A must read if you can find the book. (INTO THE MOUTH OF THE CAT),by Malcolm McConnell.

    He was also awarded the, MEDAL OF HONOR (posthumously).



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  • I still have my POW bracelet for Lance P. Sijan

    Posted on 6/2/00 - by Jayne Munnerlyn Spears
    My friends and I got POW bracelets when we were in Junior High or Middle School. Mine bears the name of Lance P. Sijan and the date Nov 9, 1967. At that time I thought it was "neat" because he was missing two days before my birthday( I'm a Veteran's Day Baby, born on November 11) during the year that my only nephew was born.
    Now, I treasure the bracelet. I wear it once a year - on November 9 to honor Lance and all the others who didn't come home.
    I feel honored to have Lance's bracelet since he was such a great person and received such high honors. I thank God for Lance and all veterans, including my father and grandfather.
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  • Thanks

    Posted on 4/5/00 - by Greg A Summerlot
    I first heard of Lance while reading John McCain's book Faith in my Fathers. After reading his book I searched on the internet for more information. I found Malcolm McConnell's book Into The Mouth of the Cat and ordered it. I have since read it and found it to be a very positive book.I was born in January of 1970 over two year's after Lance's death. I don't remember any thing of the Vietnam war for I was to young but upon reading about Lance and others like him make me proud to be an American. Those Brave men and women that served over there all deserve respect because they answered their countries call while others protested them.
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  • IN REMEMBRANCE OF THESE TWO HEROIC UNITED STATES AIR FORCE OFFICERS WHOSE NAMES SHALL LIVE FOREVER MORE

    Posted on 2/3/00 - by CLAY MARSTON cmarston@interlog.com


    CAPTAIN

    LANCE PETER SIJAN

    AND

    COLONEL

    JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG


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    ON NOVEMBER 9, 1967

    CAPTAIN SIJAN WAS THE PILOT, AND

    COLONEL ARMSTRONG THE BOMBARDIER / NAVIGATOR

    OF AN F4C PHANTOM FIGHTER / BOMBER SENT OUT

    ON A MISSION OVER LAOS AND WERE FLYING LOW

    OVER THE HO CHI MINH TRAIL WHEN, AT ABOUT

    2100 HRS, THE AIRCRAFT WAS HIT BY A SURFACE-

    TO-AIR STRIKE MISSILE (SAM) AND CRASHED.

    THESE TWO PILOTS WENT DOWN NEAR THE FAMED

    MU GIA PASS, A PASS IN THE MOUNTAINOUS BORDER

    REGION OF LAOS AND VIETNAM. IT WAS NOT UNTIL

    NEARLY SIX YEARS LATER THAT IT WAS LEARNED

    WHAT HAPPENED TO BOTH OF THEM AS THEY HAD

    BEEN CLASSIFIED AS BEING

    MISSING IN ACTION.


    SIJAN EVADED CAPTURE FOR NEARLY SIX WEEKS,

    DURING THIS TIME, HE WAS SERIOUSLY INJURED

    AND SUFFERED FROM SHOCK AND EXTREME WEIGHT LOSS

    DUE TO LACK OF FOOD. THE EXTREMELY RUGGED

    TERRAIN WAS SOMETIMES ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE, BUT

    SIJAN CONTINUED TO TRY TO REACH FRIENDLY FORCES.

    AFTER BEING CAPTURED BY NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS,

    HE WAS TAKEN TO A HOLDING POINT FOR SUBSEQUENT

    TRANSFER TO A PRISONER OF WAR CAMP. IN HIS

    EMACIATED AND CRIPPLED CONDITION, HE OVERPOWERED

    ONE OF HIS GUARDS AND CRAWLED INTO THE JUNGLE,

    ONLY TO BE RECAPTURED AFTER SEVERAL HOURS.

    HE WAS THEN TRANSFERRED TO ANOTHER PRISON CAMP

    WHERE HE WAS KEPT IN SOLITARY CONFINEMENT AND

    INTERROGATED AT LENGTH. DURING THIS QUESTIONING

    HE WAS SEVERELY TORTURED, YET DID NOT REVEAL

    ANY INFORMATION TO HIS CAPTORS.

    SIJAN LAPSED INTO DELIRIUM AND WAS PLACED IN THE

    CARE OF ANOTHER AMERICAN PRISONER OF WAR.

    DURING INTERMITTENT PERIODS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

    UNTIL HIS DEATH HE NEVER COMPLAINED OF HIS

    PHYSICAL CONDITION, AND ON SEVERAL OCCASIONS

    KEPT TALKING ABOUT FURTHER ESCAPE ATTEMPTS.

    HE WAS BARELY ALIVE, YET CONTINUED TO FIGHT.

    DURING THE PERIOD HE WAS CARED FOR, HE ALSO

    TOLD THE STORY OF HIS SHOOTDOWN AND EVASION

    TO OTHER AMERICANS. AFTER THEIR RELEASE HIS

    INCREDIBLE STORY WAS TOLD IN "INTO THE MOUTH

    OF THE CAT", AN ACCOUNT WRITTEN BY MALCOLM

    McCONNELL FROM STORIES BROUGHT BACK BY THE

    RETURNING AMERICAN PRISONERS OF WAR.

    SIJAN RELATED TO FELLOW POWs THAT THE AIRCRAFT

    HAD CLIMBED TO APPROXIMATELY 10000 FEET AFTER

    BEING STRUCK. SIJAN BAILED OUT, BUT WAS UNABLE

    TO SEE WHAT HAPPENED TO LTC ARMSTRONG BECAUSE

    OF THE DARKNESS.

    IN 1977, A PATHET LAO DEFECTOR, WHO CLAIMED TO BE A

    PRISON CAMP GUARD, STATED HE HAD BEEN GUARDING

    SEVERAL AMERICANS. ACCORDING TO HIS REPORT,

    ONE WAS NAMED "ARMSTRONG". THERE ARE ONLY TWO

    AMERICANS LISTED AS MISSING IN ACTION WITH THE

    LAST NAME OF "ARMSTRONG", AND THERE IS LITTLE

    QUESTION THAT THE OTHER "ARMSTRONG", MAJOR

    FRANK ALTON ARMSTRONG III, DIED AT THE

    TIME OF HIS CRASH. THE DEFENSE INTELLIGENCE

    AGENCY PLACES NO VALIDITY IN THIS REPORT.



    SIJAN WAS FINALLY REMOVED FROM THE CARE OF

    OTHER POWs WHO WERE TOLD THAT HE WAS BEING

    TAKEN TO A HOSPITAL. THEY NEVER SAW HIM AGAIN.

    HIS REMAINS WERE RETURNED ON MARCH 13, 1974.

    IN THE EARLY 1980'S, LTC JAMES "BO" GRITZ

    CONDUCTED A NUMBER OF MISSIONS INTO LAOS

    ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN POSITIVE PROOF OF LIVE

    PRISONERS OF WAR. ALTHOUGH GRITZ FAILED TO

    FREE ANYONE, HE RETURNED WITH A WEALTH OF

    INFORMATION ON AMERICANS. ONE THING RECOVERED

    WAS THE UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY RING

    FOR THE CLASS OF 1965, INSCRIBED WITH THE NAME

    "LANCE PETER SIJAN", WHICH WAS RETURNED TO

    HIS FAMILY.

    LANCE SIJAN WAS CAPTURED BY THE NORTH VIETNAMESE.

    IT IS THEORIZED THAT SINCE THE PATHET LAO

    ALSO OPERATED THROUGHOUT LAOS, IT IS POSSIBLE

    THAT COLONEL ARMSTRONG, IF HE WAS CAPTURED,

    WAS TAKEN PRISONER BY THE PATHET LAO.

    NEARLY 600 AMERICANS WHO WERE LOST IN LAOS

    DISAPPEARED AND NOT ONE AMERICAN HELD BY THE

    PATHET LAO HAVE EVER BEEN RELEASED.


    LANCE PETER SIJAN

    WAS A GRADUATE OF THE

    UNITED STATES AIR FORCE ACADEMY

    AT COLORADO SPRINGS

    IN THE CLASS OF 1965.

    HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF CAPTAIN

    DURING HIS CAPTIVITY AND WAS AWARDED

    - THE CONGRESSIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR -

    FOR HIS EXTRAORDINARY HEROISM DURING HIS

    EVASION AND CAPTIVITY. HE BECAME LEGENDARY

    IN HIS ESCAPE ATTEMPTS AND ENDURANCE, EVEN

    TO HIS NORTH VIETNAMESE CAPTORS.


    JOHN WILLIAM ARMSTRONG

    WAS A DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE OF THE

    UNITED STATES MILITARY ACADEMY

    AT WEST POINT

    IN THE CLASS OF 1949.

    HE WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF

    COLONEL

    DURING THE PERIOD HE WAS MAINTAINED AS BEING

    MISSING IN ACTION.



    IT IS BETTER TO HAVE LIVED ONE DAY AS A LION
    THAN ONE THOUSAND DAYS AS A SHEEP



    YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN
    NOR SHALL YOU EVER BE


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  • What Honor Is

    Posted on 1/27/00 - by SrA Noel A. Freeman noel.freeman@afiwc.aia.af.mil
    For me, Capt. Sijan is the true embodiment of what HONOR is. I wear a bracelet with his name on it. Sometimes, the bracelet gets caught on my sleeve or something else, or gets somewhat annoying. That makes me think. How can I get annoyed by a little silver bracelet, when he died in captivity after facing terrible injuries and trying to escape. Who am I to think a bracelet is inconvenient? What about losing your son in battle? What about the ultimate sacrifice. If I could say I have a hero, Capt. Sijan is it. He is HONOR.
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  • A Hero To All

    Posted on 4/7/99 - by Tim Ketchie jagjunkie@hotmail.com
    Lance was, and still is, an inspiration to all who know his story. Rest in Peace forever.
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  • A True American Hero

    Posted on 1/7/99 - by Larry C. (Beav) Souder
    I never knew Lance Sijan, but his courage and honor while a POW will make him a hero in my eyes forever.

    You are what freedom is all about, Lance
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