William George Sipos

United States Air Force
04 October 1941 - 06 April 1967
West Point, New York
Panel 17E Line 111

USAF Pilot

Purple Heart, Air Medal, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign
William G Sipos
West Point 1963. Courtesy BGen Ong.

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Remembering you and all the others who served and died in times of War so that we may enjoy the Freedom and Liberties that make this Nation Great.

From a West Point Classmate, USMA 1963,
Clark T. Ballard, Jr., M.D., Colonel, U S Army (Ret)
66 Leschi Drive, Steilacoom, WA 98388-1514
7 Jul 2001

04 May 2002

A final salute to a fine American
and my West Point Classmate.
From a Vietnam veteran,

Ramon M. Ong
Brigadier General (Ret)
Armed Forces of the Philippines
USMA Class of 1963


10 Dec 2003

A fellow Hungarian American, Colonel Michael de Kov�ts (1724-1779), Founding Father of the US Cavalry, said in his letter to Benjamin Franklin in 1777

"Golden Freedom Cannot be Purchased with Yellow Gold"

He too died defending freedom. God bless Captain Sipos and all the brave men defending our nation. We could never thank them enough for their sacrifice...

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24 Nov 2006

In the early 90s I made a special point on a visit to The Wall in Washington DC to locate your name and to pray for your eternal soul. I do pray we will have an opportunity one day to visit in the kingdom prepared for us in Heaven. Thank you for your service, your sacrifice in the cause of liberty.

William "JOHN" Sipos
no relation (that I know of)
St. Petersburg, Fl
raised in Poughkeepsie NY
a broadcast talk journalist

03 Dec 2006

I was a USAF aircraft mechanic with the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron, and saw Captain Sipos off on his last flight. He was one of those remarkable people one knows only a short time but never forgets, and the whole squadron was hit hard by his death, officers and enlisted men alike.

Captain Sipos was thoroughly professional, but he was a different sort of officer - a natural leader who maintained the dignity and authority of his rank while being able to express a level of camaraderie with the enlisted men, and he drew the affection of everyone.

He was one of the bravest of the brave. Truly so. He always arrived on the flight line in a cheery mood, no matter what he was facing, and he would return from the most dangerous missions with the same smile and a friendly word. He went off on his last flight in the same good spirits. After so many years I scarcely remember most of our pilots, but I will always remember Captain Sipos.

David Andrew Sciacchitano

A Note from The Virtual Wall

O-1 Bird Dog

On 06 April 1967, Captain William G. Sipos of the 20th Tactical Air Support Squadron and Captain John R. Minutoli , C Co, 5th Special Forces, were airborne in an O-1E (tail number 51-5074) about 15 miles west of Danang, flying cover for a Special Forces operation. Both men died when the Bird Dog was brought down by enemy fire.

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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 7 Jul 2001
Last updated 08/10/2009