Its a heroic story of survival and sacrifice. Air Force fighter pilot Lance Sijan is the only graduate of the United States Air Force Academy to ever receive the Congressional Medal of Honor. It was awarded posthumously after Sijan died in a POW camp in Vietnam.
His sister Janine has produced a documentary film about her brother’s life in hopes of sharing his story of courage as inspiration.
Sijan was flying a combat mission on November 9, 1967, when one of the bombs he was carrying detonated before being released from his jet. He ejected but was seriously injured.
“He had a compound...
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...
We’ve recalled the story of Lance Sijan on Lake Effect before. Sijan was a Milwaukee native and an Air Force fighter pilot in Vietnam. His plane crashed over Laos, and he survived for more than a month in the wilderness before being captured. He was tortured in a prisoner-of-war camp before he died in 1968. Sijan was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
His sister, Janine Sijan Rozina, has been working for decades to preserve and honor her brother’s legacy. Her work has included a novel, the relocation of a Phantom Jet in his honor, and her latest effort — a documentary about Lance...
A Milwaukee war hero is coming to the big screen. Sijan, a documentary recounting the life of Bay View native and Air Force Captain Lance Peter Sijan, whose actions in Vietnam made him the only Air Force Academy graduate awarded the Medal of Honor in U.S. history, will debut this week at the Milwaukee Film Festival.
The film is the result of more than 10 years of hard work for local filmmaker Tim Seymour and Lance’s sister Janine Sijan Rozina, who produced the documentary.
On CBS 58 Sunday Morning, Tim Seymour and Janine Sijan Rozina discussed the importance of sharing Lance’s story...
Every Fourth of July, Americans take pause to recognize the selflessness and sacrifice of those who have put their life on the line for their country. Countless servicemen and servicewomen from Milwaukee have fought and given everything to uphold America’s independence, including a Bay View-born Air Force captain named Lance Peter Sijan.
Half a century after his death in a North Vietnamese prison camp following horrific injuries, unimaginable hardship, and unspeakable torture, Sijan’s name and heroics are still as remarkable and important as they were in 1968. For those who knew the Medal...
The text below is an excerpt from Lee Matz's June 29th article in the Milwaukee Independent. Click here to read the full article.
Bay View’s Avalon Theater hosted a private showing of the film “Sijan: A Quest for Freedom” on June 26, which featured the experiences, life, and courageous example of the Medal of Honor recipient as told through the memories of his family, friends, and fellow Vietnam Prisoners of War.
The premiere of the “Sijan” documentary was attended by several hundred guests, who all shared a special connection to the 25 year old Bay View native, Captain Lance Peter...
January 22, 2018, marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Air Force fighter pilot and Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Lance P. Sijan. who died at the Hòa Lò camp in Hanoi, Vietnam, where he had been a prisoner of war.
The 50th anniversary of his death was commemorated by a number of special events at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where Sijan graduated in 1965. Among them was a taps ceremony held at 2300 hours on Monday, January 22 to commemorate the time of Sijan’s passing.
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There was a wealth of media coverage of the May 26th dedication of the Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza at General Mitchell International Airport. Please explore the links below to learn more about the event.
Fellow POWS honor their fallen brother at Sijan plaza dedication
Photo Essay: An Example Of Courage Installed At Mitchell Airport
Click here for multiple items related to the dedication including video and an image gallery.
WTMJ Cares: Lance Sijan memorial dedication
For a video of the dedication ceremony, click here.