Medal of Honor





Rank and organization: First Lieutenant, U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces.


Place and date: Republic of Vietnam. 7 February 1967.


Entered service at: Dexter, Mo.


Born: 19 September 1937, Dexter, Mo.




For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the call of duty. 1st Lt. Sisler was the platoon leader/adviser to a Special United States/Vietnam exploitation force. While on patrol deep within enemy dominated territory, 1st Lt. Sisler's platoon was attacked from 3 sides by a company sized enemy force. 1st Lt. Sisler quickly rallied his men, deployed them to a better defensive position, called for air strikes, and moved among his men to encourage and direct their efforts. Learning that 2 men had been wounded and were unable to pull back to the perimeter, 1st Lt. Sisler charged from the position through intense enemy fire to assist them. He reached the men and began carrying 1 of them back to the perimeter, when he was taken under more intensive weapons fire by the enemy. Laying down his wounded comrade, he killed 3 onrushing enemy soldiers by firing his rifle and silenced the enemy machinegun with a grenade. As he returned the wounded man to the perimeter, the left flank of the position came under extremely heavy attack by the superior enemy force and several additional men of his platoon were quickly wounded. Realizing the need for instant action to prevent his position from being overrun, 1st Lt. Sisler picked up some grenades and charged single-handedly into the enemy onslaught, firing his weapon and throwing grenades. This singularly heroic action broke up the vicious assault and forced the enemy to begin withdrawing. Despite the continuing enemy fire, 1st Lt. Sisler was moving about the battlefield directing force and several additional men of his platoon were quickly wounded. His extraordinary leadership, infinite courage, and selfless concern for his men saved the lives of a number of his comrades. His actions reflect great credit upon himself and uphold the highest traditions of the military service.


This message was received on 28 May 2001:

He was a very nice person, he was a good friend in high school. We ran around together and played football on the high school team.

I liked him a lot. I ran into him at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas in the spring, or early summer of 1958 at base operations. He was waiting for a flight to return to his base.

Jerry Hickam

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Last name: SISLER


Home of Record (official): DEXTER

State (official): MO

Date of Birth: Sunday, September 19, 1937

Sex: Male

Race: Caucasian

Marital Status: Married


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Branch: Army

Rank: 1LT

Serial Number: OF110068

Component: Regular

Pay grade: O2

MOS (Military Occupational Specialty code): 31542


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Start of Tour: Thursday, June 9, 1966

Date of Casualty: Tuesday, February 7, 1967

Age at time of loss: 29

Casualty type: (A1) Hostile, died

Reason: Gun, small arms fire (Ground casualty)

Country: South VietNam

Province: Unknown/Not Reported

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