Lance Peter Sijan (April 13, 1942 – January 22, 1968) was a United States Air Force officer and fighter pilot. On March 4, 1976, he posthumously received the Medal of Honor, the United States’ highest military award, for his selflessness and courage in the face of lethal danger.
On this special Memorial Day weekend, I was in Milwaukee WI for the Lance Sijan F4C Phantom dedication at Mitchell field. In addition to the dedication, we’re also remembering his ultimate sacrifice many years ago in service to our nation.
It was an honor to be chosen to ride in the parade in his restored 1965 red Corvette. Lance and I prowled around in this car 50 years ago when we were stationed in Southern California getting trained in the Phantom to go to war.
There were more than 100 motorcycles following us in the parade over to Mitchell field. It was a glorious day with great speeches, F-16 fly by and jump my professional skydivers, Team Fastrax. Lance’s sister Janine did a fantastic job over 10 years to get this airplane moved and established in Sijan Plaza.
Read the Article about this special event to learn more about Lance’s life and ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Watch the 2-minute video about Lance and this special dedication.
Here are some photos from this weekend’s dedication.
4 Vietnam POWs with Lance Sijan’s sister, Janine Rozina, and Gov Scott Walker. Far RT Lee Ellis & Tom Moe.
I’m in the passenger seat where i sat when Lance drove. We had great fun in Southern California. We honored him and all he stood for as we dedicated his F-4C Phantom at MItchell Field, Milwaukee.
It had been 50 years since i last rode in this 1965 Corvette that Lance Sijan bought up graduation from the USAFA.
With car owner and restorer, Greg Lawless.
As we approach Mitchell Field, you can the beautiful beast, F-4c Phantom, mounted in Sijan Plaza.
A beautiful site– it looks like the beautiful beast is taking off right over the flag in a salute to Capt Lance Sijan and all those who did not come home. We honor them all on the Memorial Day weekend.