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Check Six: Capt. Lance P. Sijan, Hero – 50 years ago

January 22, 2018

The Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership Award was created in 1981 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership in their jobs and in their lives. It has become one of the U.S. Air Force’s most prestigious awards.

lance-sijanSijan, an Air Force captain and fighter pilot, died while a POW in Vietnam. Ejected from his fighter jet over Laos in 1967, Capt. Lance P. Sijan spent 46 days and nights evading capture from the Viet Cong. When captured he was 80 pounds and close to death. Lance Sijan died on January 22, 1968, in Hỏa Lò Prison, Hanoi, Vietnam.

He lived the code of conduct to his last breath and left a legacy of love and leadership for Airmen today to follow.

Sijan’s heroism and courage brought him numerous honors. The United States Air Force created the Lance P. Sijan Award, recognizing individuals who have demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership in their jobs and in their lives. It has become one of the U.S. Air Force’s most prestigious awards.

Captain Sijan’s Medal of Honor Citation

John McCain on Sijan  (a must read)

Unbroken Will: The Captain Lance P. Sijan Story – The United States Air Force video shown at Basic Military Training (BMT).

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