The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
*SISLER, GEORGE K.
Rank and organization: First Lieutenant,
U.S. Army, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st
Special Forces. Place and Date: Republic of Vietnam. 7 February 1967. Entered
service at: Dexter, Mo. Born: 19 September 1937, Dexter, Mo.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life and above and beyond the
call of duty. 1st Lt. Sisler was the platoon leader/adviser to a Special United
States/Vietnam exploitation force. While on patrol deep within enemy dominated territory,
1st Lt. Sisler's platoon was attacked from 3 sides by a company sized enemy force. 1st Lt.
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
2 men had been wounded and were unable to pull back to the perimeter, 1st Lt. Sisler
charged from the position through intense enemy fire to assist them. He reached the men
and began carrying 1 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 3 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, 1st Lt. Sisler picked up some grenades and charged
single-handedly 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. Despite the continuing enemy fire, 1st Lt. 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.