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Sijan Memorial Follow-up


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Sijan Memorial Tour 2019

MAY 4,  2019

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Images from the Lance P. Sijan Tour, organized to raise funds for his memorial scholarship at Bay View High School and to educate the public about the local boy who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1976. 

“There was a time in Lance’s life when he knew the calvary wasn’t coming to save him. For some people that would mean defeat. But for others like my brother, he leaned into the challenge and turned it into rocket fuel. So when I speak to people about Lance, I ask: what will you do in your life when those dire moments come to you?” – Janine Sijan-Rozina



Students from Bay View High School have been leading the charge to bring back the Lance P. Sijan Memorial Scholarship, last given out in 1987. Their efforts motivated the development of a guided tour that was held on May 4, to educate area youth and members of the community about Captain Sijan’s story. It was also a special event to help raise funds for the scholarship, which will awarded this year for the first time in 32 years. Lance P. Sijan graduated from Bay View High School and the U.S. Air Force Academy before being assigned to Da Nang Air Base in South Vietnam, where he flew as a pilot and systems officer in an F-4 Phantom. On November 9, 1967, Sijan ejected from his disabled plane and despite suffering severe injuries, managed to evade capture for the next 45 days. He was captured by the North Vietnamese on Christmas day and would later die in a POW camp on January 22, 1968.


Special thanks to Kristin Scheuing from the War Memorial  for sharing the pictures.

Kristen Scheuing, Education Program Manager for Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.







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