Sisler, George Kenton, 1LT

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Service Branch
Military Intelligence
Last Primary MOS
1690-Military Intelligence Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Military Intelligence (Officer)
Primary Unit
1966-1967, 1542, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
Service Years
1964 - 1967

Military Intelligence


Special Forces
First Lieutenant



Two Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
Missouri
Missouri
Year of Birth
1937
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Dexter
Last Address
Dexter, MO

Casualty Date
Feb 07, 1967
 
Cause
Hostile, Died of Wounds
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Laos
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Dexter Cemetery - Dexter, Missouri
Wall/Plot Coordinates
15E 007

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 Military Association Memberships
Vietnam Veterans Memorial
  1982, Vietnam Veterans Memorial [Verified]3 - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar

Combat Infantryman 1st Award

Parachutist (Basic)

 
 Unit Assignments
MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
  1966-1967, 1542, MACV Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1966-1966 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Campaign (1965-66)
  1966-1967 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase II Campaign (1966-67)
 Colleges Attended 
Arkansas State University
  1961-1964, Arkansas State University
 Additional Information
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1LT George Kenton Sisler


September 19, 1937–February 7, 1967


 1LT Sisler was a United States Army officer and a recipient of the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor—for his actions in the Vietnam War.


Sisler joined the Army from his birth city of Dexter, Missouri, and by February 7, 1967 was serving as a first lieutenant in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces. On that day, when his unit came under heavy enemy attack in the Republic of Vietnam, Sisler organized the defense, rescued a wounded soldier, and single-handedly attacked an enemy position before being mortally wounded. For his actions during the battle, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.


Sisler, aged 29 at his death, was buried at Dexter Cemetery in his hometown of Dexter, Missouri. He was a 1964 graduate of Arkansas State College (now Arkansas State University) with a degree in education.


He was also famous for his toughness, once parachuting while having a broken bone. The ASU ROTC department's Ranger Challenge team is named Sisler's Raiders in his honor.


Medal of Honor citation


First Lieutenant Sisler's official Medal of Honor citation reads:


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 air strikes when he fell mortally 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.


Namesake


·                                 USNS Sisler (T-AKR-311), a Navy Supply ship, is named after him.


·                                 Sisler Hall, a building at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, is named after him.


 


   
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