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Lance Sijan’s fighter jet memorial to receive new venue, improved visibility

  • January 29, 2017
Lance Sijan’s fighter jet memorial to receive new venue, improved visibility

The F-4C Phantom jet that has long been a landmark on College Avenue just east of Howell Avenue will find a new home next year at the Sijan Memorial Plaza, 5500 S. Howell. The jet is a replica of Air Force Captain Lance Sijan’s plane. Bay View native Lance Sijan (Redcat Class of 1960) was a Vietnam War veteran who died in a Hanoi prison in 1968. Sijan flew combat missions with the 366th Fighter Wing of the 480th Tactical Fighting Squadron stationed at the Da Nang Air Base in southern Vietnam. In November 1967, Sijan’s plane exploded when the bombs he was carrying malfunctioned and detonated,...

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