Taps, Present Arms
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Infantryman Badge, President's
Hundred Tab, and was awarded the U. S. Army
Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge
in 1960. Note:
complete listing of Army Awards and Decorations can be viewed at The
Institute of Heraldry.
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.