The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SIJAN, LANCE P.
Rank and organization: Captain, U.S. Air
Force, 4th Allied POW Wing, Pilot of an F-4C aircraft. Place and Date: North
Vietnam, 9 November 1967. Entered service at: Milwaukee, Wis. Born: 13
April 1942, Milwaukee, Wis.
While on a flight over North Vietnam, Capt. Sijan ejected from his disabled aircraft and
successfully evaded capture for more than 6 weeks. During this time, he was seriously
injured and suffered from shock and extreme weight loss due to lack of food. After being
captured by North Vietnamese soldiers, Capt. Sijan was taken to a holding point for
subsequent transfer to a prisoner of war camp. In his emaciated and crippled condition, he
overpowered 1 of his guards and crawled into the jungle, only to be recaptured after
several hours. He was then transferred to another prison camp where he was kept in
solitary confinement and interrogated at length. During interrogation, he was severely
tortured; however, he did not divulge any information to his captors. Capt. Sijan lapsed
into delirium and was placed in the care of another prisoner. During his intermittent
periods of consciousness until his death, he never complained of his physical condition
and, on several occasions, spoke of future escape attempts. Capt. Sijan's extraordinary
heroism and intrepidity above and beyond the call of duty at the cost of his life are in
keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon
himself and the U.S. Armed Forces.