George K. Sisler

SISLER,GEORGE
George K. Sisler

George K. Sisler

LT Sisler was commissioned an Infantry Officer upon graduation from Officer Candidate School 21 June 1965, Class Number 6-65. First Lieutenant Sisler distinguished himself by canspicuous gallantry and intrpidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Lieutenant Sisler was the platoon/leader to a Special United States/Vietnam exploitation force. While on patrol deep within enemy-dominated territory, Lieutenant Sisler's platoon was attacked from three sides by a company-sized enemy force. Lieutenant 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 two men had been wounded and were unable to pull back to the perimeter, Lieutenant Sisler charged from a position through intense enemy fire to assist them. He reached the men and began carrying one of them back to the perimeter, when he was taken under more intensive wapons fire by the enemy. Laying down his wounded comrade, he killed three onrushing enemy soldiers by firing his rifle and silenced the enemy machine gun 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, Lieutenant Sisler picked up some grenades and charged singlehandedly 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. 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 tradition of the military service. | First Lieutenant George Sisler is a recipient of the Medal of Honor.

Additional Information

  • Rank

    First Lieutenant

  • Graduated From

    Fort Benning, Georgia

  • Highest Award

    Medal of Honor

  • Year Inducted

    1968

  • HF ID #

    HF_00333

  • MH ID#

    MH_00031