Sijan documentary tells harrowing story of USAFA’s only Medal of Honor Recipient

Sijan documentary tells harrowing story of USAFA’s only Medal of Honor Recipient


continuing our veterans day coverage tonight it’s a name that is revered frankly in many military circles but less well known by the broader American public Lieutenant Lance sie John is the first and only Air Force Academy graduate to receive the Medal of Honor besides Andy Cohen tells us that his sister is now working to share her brothers story through a documentary film that’s right Janeane signed John held a screening of her movie sigh John at the Witte this weekend at the Air Force Academy 51 years to the day after her brothers f4 phantom went down over Vietnam it’s a heroic story of sacrifice and survival Air Force Academy graduate and fighter pilot Lance sighs John had to eject over enemy territory in Vietnam when a bomb he was carrying detonated early he lived but was badly hurt he was severely injured had a compound fracture to the left leg and mangled right hand and various other serious injuries he was able to crawl through the jungle for 46 days in that condition emaciated sigh John was eventually captured by the Vietcong and taken to the Hanoi Hilton prison despite his mistreatment by his captors he refused to divulge any information to the enemy he was adhering strictly to the code of conduct and he was greatly revered even within the prisoners in the prison camp as they tapped out his story through the wall it’s that inspiration that Saigon gave to his fellow POWs that Jeannine hopes to pass on to audiences today through the documentary because while her brother died after just a few months in captivity the strength and courage that he showed continues to inspire people today if we end Lance’s life on January 22nd 1968 it becomes a very tragic story but if we understand the ripples and the echoes that radiates through his life and all of our lives I hope that we will help people be very intentional about the footprint that they leave the Jeannine wants to share her movie through broader just a distribution but the film relies pretty heavily on some archival footage and with that comes a heavy licensing fee so right now she is raising some money online if you’d like to donate or to watch that trailer in full we’ve put a link to it in the digital version of this story on the news 5 app just click on the news tab and look for the side John movie story right next to her her brother and all the veterans today we appreciate your service and sacrifice

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *