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Milwaukee Record: On The Record #142: ‘Sijan’ With Janine Sijan Rozina

  • October 22, 2018
Milwaukee Record: On The Record #142: ‘Sijan’ With Janine Sijan Rozina

Half a century after his death in a North Vietnamese prison camp following horrific injuries, unimaginable hardship, and unspeakable torture, United States Air Force Captain Lance P. Sijan’s name and heroics are still as remarkable and important as they were in 1968. For those who knew the Milwaukee native and Medal of Honor recipient during his brief-but-brilliant life, the love and legacy he left behind are just as special as his bravery in battle. Thanks to the tireless efforts of his little sister, Lance’s life, his accomplishments, his courage, his resilience, and his message all live...

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WTMJ Cares: Turning death into a positive force

  • May 22, 2017

The Vietnam War ended. A changed nation coped with what it had done to us as a country as well as to those who served. For a Bay View family that lost a son and brother, it meant dealing with the hard truth about his death and turning that into a positive force. Wisconsin's Morning News host Gene Mueller is heading up our latest WTMJ Cares effort to honor Medal of Honor recipient Lance Sijan. To hear the full story, click here.

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WTMJ Cares: Mission Accomplished

  • May 22, 2017

The heartiest of "thank you's" for honoring one of the greatest of heroes "It's never easy asking for money, but when the cause is right the lift isn't quite as hard. So it went with our latest WTMJ Cares effort to raise $30,000 for the Lance Sijan memorial to be dedicated Friday outside the main entrance to Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport. That's a lot of money, and it'll be used to pay off the finishing touches to this one-of-a-kind display featuring an F-4 jet just like the one Captain Sijan was in the night he had to eject into the jungles of Laos. There are plaques, displays...

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CBS 58 Story: Legacy of Captain Lance Sijan Now Enshrined Outside Mitchell Airport

  • March 20, 2017
CBS 58 Story: Legacy of Captain Lance Sijan Now Enshrined Outside Mitchell Airport

"Kyle Aevermann explores the life and legacy of Air Force Captain Lance Sijan, whose memory is now be enshrined outside General Mitchell International Airport thanks to the tireless efforts of his sister." Click here to view the story at the CBS 58 site.

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Time-lapse video of F-4 Lift

  • March 8, 2017
Time-lapse video of F-4 Lift

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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With love to our AFA Family

  • November 29, 2016
With love to our AFA Family

Heroes Behind the Hero

  • November 15, 2016
Heroes Behind the Hero

Dear Contributor, Janine Sijan and I thought an update on Veterans Day is very appropriate. Over 300 contributors such as yourself have positioned us within 75% of our $100,000 funding goal.   Earlier this month, we commenced preparation of our site at Milwaukee International Airport. This is a huge milestone in our commitment to preserve the legacy of Captain Lance Sijan MoH. Janine is Pictured at the construction site reviewing the concrete pour. This snapshot encapsulates eight years of Janine’s selfless work with local contractors, airport executives, and governmental officials....

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WWII Vet to receive Sijan Award

  • May 16, 2016
WWII Vet to receive Sijan Award

Tom Wilson feels a special affinity for Lance Sijan. Both were military pilots shot down by their enemies. Both were captured and held captive as prisoners of war, though different wars on different continents. So when Wilson learned he was being named a recipient of the Lance Sijan Award for distinguished World War II veterans, he was proud and humbled. Read more HERE:

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THE SIJAN AWARD: “An unbelievable award named after an unbelievable Airman.”

  • April 12, 2016
THE SIJAN AWARD: “An unbelievable award named after an unbelievable Airman.”

Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III presented the 2014 and 2015 Lance P. Sijan Leadership Awards to eight Airmen in the Airman’s Hall on April 7 at the Pentagon. The Sijan award, first given in 1981, is named in honor of the first U.S. Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor. Read more HERE:  

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