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(Colorado Springs, Colo., Oct. 25, 2004) Lance Sijan was the first Medal of Honor winner from the Air Force Academy. He played AFA football in the early 1960s, and in 1967 his co-pilot in Vietnam was a West Point graduate. Army and Air Force will play on Nov. 6, the date this story will appear. Sijan was shot down on Nov, 9, 1967, eluded capture for more than a month, escaped from the Viet Cong but eventually died in prison, weighing just 100 pounds. He's best known for never cracking under harsh interrogation; Arizona Sen. John McCain said he found inspiration in Sijan's resiliency, the embodiment of the Air Force code of refusing to give up anything but name, rank, etc ... Also, the Air Force Academy has named a dorm, or wing, after Sijan and his name is inscribed on the school's monument to its war casulties. (Photo By AHMAD TERRY/ROCKY MOUNTAIN NEWS)

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