Arkansas State University

Medal of Honor Awardee

Lieutenant Sisler wasserving as the platoon leader/advisor to a Special United States/Vietnamexploitation force deep within enemy dominated territory when his platoon wasattacked from three sides by a company-sized enemy force. Lieutenant Sislerquickly rallied hismenand deployed them to a better defensive positionand moved among them to encourage them and direct their efforts. Chargingthrough intense enemy fire to rescue two woundedmen,he killed threeonrushing enemy. As the left flank of his position came under extremely heavyattack, several additionalmenof his platoon were quickly wounded.Lieutenant Sisler charged single-handedly into the enemy onslaught firing hisweapon and throwing grenades. This heroic action broke up the assault andforced the enemy to begin withdrawing. As Lieutenant Sisler was moving aboutthe battlefield directing air strikes upon the fleeing force, he fell mortallywounded. the President of ASU twice with his last stint beginning in Februaryof 1992.

Army ROTC was in initially established at Arkansas State University as anartillery unit in January 1936, with basic course being mandatory instructionfor all male students. In September of 1952, ASU lost affiliation with theartillery branch when selected as one of the thirty institutions to test thegeneral military science curriculum, The G.M.S program has remained in effectto date. The result is that ASU commissioned officers have the opportunity toserve in any branch of the U.S. ARMY, depending on their personal desires andqualifications, and the needs of the ARMY.

The mandatory feature of the program was discontinued in 1971, resulting ina state of change in the program at ASU. The program has evolved from acomprehensive one, involving almost the entire male student body, to anincentive driven, voluntary, passive recruiting orientation, and is noworiented to quality production based on active recruiting. Several ASU ROTCgraduates (COMMISSIONED OFFICERS) have risen to prominence in and out of theARMY. Two have achieved the rank of Major general, many more have achieved theranks of Brigadier General and Colonel, and one has received the CongressionalMedal of Honor. Others have become prominent citizens and businessmen. The lastpresident of ASU (Dr. Eugene Smith) was commissioned a Field ArtilleryLieutenant in 1952 here; he served as

In addition to those noted above, many ASU ROTC graduates have become StateSenators, ASU faculty members, leaders within the business community, membersof the Arkansas National Guard and many are still on active duty today.