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Moving Phantom

Posted March 15, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: aircraft classic auto corvette

Back in July, we reported on a car show fundraiser to help relocate Medal of Honor recipient USAF Capt. Lance Sijan’s F4 Phantom fighter jet memorial from its location at an abandoned Air Force base to a new site in Sijan’s hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In the original story posted here, we included the extraordinary tale of Capt. Sijan’s bravery as a POW in Vietnam, but also as a red-blooded American boy with a love for Corvettes.

The story struck a nerve with Hemmings readers who identified with the sacrifice Capt. Sijan and so many other young men made in leaving their girlfriends, buddies, and favorite cars behind to fight a conflict on foreign soil– some never to return. Moreover, many readers took umbrage that it was left to Capt. Sijan’s family, led by younger sister Janine Sijan-Rozina, to fund the move of his F4 Phantom monument from the now-deserted 440th Air Lift Wing of the Air Force Reserve to a permanent location in front of the public terminal at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell Field.

How a Hemmings post helped move a classic fighter to properly memorialize a true patriot.

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03/15/2017 6:38 PM

That's awesome. May we never forget.

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03/16/2017 9:12 AM

What an awesome undertaking to honor a true American hero. I'm glad to see them rescue this Gate Guardian.

It appears to be a McDonnell F-4D Phantom II.

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