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PersonID19653290
NameSijan, Lance P.
BranchU.S. Air Force
Current StatusDeceased
Graduation1965
SquadronCS 21
Home TownMilwaukee
Home StateWI
High SchoolBay View High School
High School ActivitiesBoy scouts, class officer, Football, track, swimming
Post High SchoolUSNA Bainbridge Prep School, 1960-61
Academy ExperiencesVarsity football, Photo club, Sky Diving Club, Talon photo editor, Dodo staff
Academic Degree MajorBS-Humanities-USAFA
Active Duty Assignments Before CapturePilot Training, Pilot F-4C
Capture ConflictVietnam
Combat InformationF-4C 480 TFS, 366 TFW, Da Nang AB SVN
Capture MissionAs part of the night interdiction effort against the Ho Chi Minh Trail,the crew was bombing a ford at Ban Loboy in southern Laos, about 25 miles northwest of the DMZ. The aircraft was hit by 37mm AAA on its second pass and engulfed in a ball of flame.The aircraft crashed a few minutes later near Ban Thapachon about 50 miles short of the Thai border.
MIA Information and DatesMIA: 11 09 1967 - 04 23 1974; died in captivity - 1/22/1968. Remains returned 3/13/1974
Capture Date12/25/1967
POW Locations and DatesHeld briefly at Vinh and then transferred to Hanoi where he subsequently died.
Release Date
Rank at Capture1st Lt
Rank at ReleaseCapt
Military and Civilian Jobs after ReleaseN/A
Burial SiteArlington Park Cemetery, Milwaukee WI, 27 April 1974
Aeronautical Speciality RatingPilot
Notable Military & Civilian Decorations & AwardsMedal of Honor, DFC, 6 AM, 2 PH
CommentsEarned the Medal of Honor; Biographical account: "Into The Mouth of The Cat", by Malcom McConnell.
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