George K. Sisler - Dexter, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 36° 47.341 W 089° 57.864
16S E 235478 N 4075567
Quick Description: Statue and plaques honoring Medal of Honor recipient First Lieutenant George Kenton "Ken" Sisler in his hometown of Dexter, Missouri.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 7/30/2013 8:12:25 PM
Waymark Code: WMHPCP
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
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Long Description:

The monument has a life-sized bronze statue of Lieutenant Sisler by sculptor Edward "Ned" Giberson. The statue has Lieutenant Sisler holding his rifle in both hands and is wearing jungle fatigues. The statue stands on a stone base.  There are two plaques accompanying the statue.

One plaque is inscribed:

Medal Of Honor
1st. Lt. George Kenton "Ken" Sisler
Born in Dexter, Missouri
September 19, 1937

Killed in Combat
in the Vietnam War
February 7, 1967

USNS SISLER
T-AKR 311
One of several Strategic Sealift ships
Name for Medal of Honor recipients.
Launched February 28, 1998, San Diego, California

"It is my heritage to stand erect, proud and unafraid, to
think and act for myself, enjoy the benefit of my creation,
to face the world boldly and say, "This I Have Done."

The second plaque is inscribed:

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, March 3, 1863, has awarded in the name of The Congress the Medal of Honor, posthumously, to

First Lieutenant George K. Sisler, United States Army

First Lieutenant Sisler, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces, distinguished himself by conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty in the Republic of Vietnam on 7 February 1967. Lieutenant Sisler was the platoon leader/advisor 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. earning that two men had been wounded and were unable to pull back to the perimeter, Lieutenant Sisler charged from the 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 weapons fire by the enemy. Laying down his wounded comrade, he killed three 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, Lieutenant Sisler picked up some grenades and charged single-handedly into the enemy onslaught, firing his weapon and throwing grenades. his singularly heroic action broke up the vicious assault and forced the enemy to begin withdrawing. Despite the continuing enemy fire, Lieutenant 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.

The memorial was dedicated June 29, 2002 with several family members of Lieutenant Sisler in attendance. Originally the citation was placed under plexiglass. This discolored over time and was removed. The absence was noticed and a bronze plaque with the citation inscribed was added in October, 2006.

Lieutenant Sisler's grave is in the town's cemetery.
URL of the statue: [Web Link]

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