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50 Years Later, an Air Force Hero Remembered

  • January 24, 2018

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. Click here to view the image gallery.

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National POW-MIA Recognition Day Rally & Motorcycle Ride

  • August 24, 2017
National POW-MIA Recognition Day Rally & Motorcycle Ride

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Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza Dedication – Media Coverage

  • June 1, 2017

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. Milwaukee Independent Fellow POWS honor their fallen brother at Sijan plaza dedication Milwaukee Independent Photo Essay: An Example Of Courage Installed At Mitchell Airport WTMJ Cares 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. WUWM Faith...

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Image Gallery – Capt. Lance P. Sijan Memorial Plaza Dedication

  • May 26, 2017

Click here to view the gallery at WTMJ.com.

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VIDEO – WTMJ Cares: Lance Sijan memorial dedication

  • May 26, 2017

Watch the WTMJ Facebook Live webcast of the Lance Sijan Memorial Dedication. Click here to watch.

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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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WTMJ Cares: Thanks to you, the Lance Sijan Memorial will be reality!

  • May 19, 2017

"Friday morning brought the high point in our WTMJ Cares initiative to build a memorial for a fallen Vietnam War hero from Milwaukee. That memorial will go up at Mitchell International Airport in honor of Lance Sijan, who received the Medal of Honor and has his own Air Force award. He served America in the late 1960's during the Vietnam conflict. Gene Mueller hosted a radio-thon, which brought the final total raised over the top to make the memorial a reality!" For the full story, click here.

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WTMJ Cares: Lance Sijan’s Medal of Honor

  • May 19, 2017

"Of the tens of thousands of Wisconsin service people to serve during the Vietnam War, only six received the Medal of Honor. One of them is Bay View's Lance Sijan who died as a prisoner of war in 1968. Wisconsin's Morning News host Gene Mueller says Sijan's ordeal in captivity made a lasting impact on fellow captives who spearheaded the effort to make sure he received the honor." To listen to the story, click here.

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Lance Sijan Award ceremony for 2017

  • May 19, 2017

As WTMJ Cares raises money for a memorial for Capt. Lance Sijan, his award was given to four men Thursday for their service to America: Col. James A. Schumacher, US Marine Corps (Vietnam); Corporal Willie McLain, USMC (Iwo Jima/WWII); Corporal Glenn Dohrmann, US Army (Korea); and Ralph Windler, European Theater, WWII. To view the gallery at WTMJ.com, click here.

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