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John R. Sicinski

Sergeant  First Class John R. Sicinski was born February 7, l93l in Poland and died in Columbus, Georgia on Sunday, November 21, 2010. John was cremated and his ashes will be returned to his native Poland.

John escaped from post WWII Communist Poland in February 1950 to West Germany where he worked for the British Army then for the U. S. Army in Germany and France. In 1955, he enlisted at Heidelberg, Germany in the U. S. Army under the Lodge Act and completed his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

His assignments include the 1st Cavalry Division, Korea; 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas; 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Benning, Georgia; 8th Infantry Division at Fort Carson, Colorado and Germany; and the USAREUR and USAMU Marksmanship Units.

In 1967, John was assigned to Aero Rifle Platoon, D Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas and reassigned in 1969 to Vietnam for duty with Flight Operations, Hq Troop and later to C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry, l0lst Airborne Division. John returned from Vietnam to Fort Benning in 1970 for assignment with the USAMU Pistol Team. In 1973, he was a member of the record setting Army “Blue” Team at the National Matches, Camp Perry, Ohio. He was reassigned to Army Flight Operation in Heidelberg, Germany in 1976 and retired from the Army in 1979 with 24 years of honorable service.

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal w/OLC, Air Medal, Good Conduct Medal w/6th award, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/Silver Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry w/Palm, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Germany), Expert Infantry Badge, Combat Infantryman Badge, President's Hundred Tab, and was awarded the U. S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1960.  Note: A complete listing of Army Awards and Decorations can be viewed at The Institute of Heraldry.

After retirement, John attended technical school under the GI Bill and was employed by TRW as a toolmaker. Later, he was employed by Pratt & Whitney, a manufacturer of aircraft jet engines, as a tool and die maker.

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