SIENICKI, THEODORE S. Name: Theodore S. Sienicki Rank/Branch: O2/United States Air Force Unit: 25th TFS Date of Birth: 24 March 1948 Home City of Record: Irvington NJ Date of Loss: 03 May 1972 Country of Loss: North Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 170300 North 1065720 East Status (in 1973): Returnee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: F4E Missions: 55 Other Personnel in Incident: Timothy Ayres, returnee, pilot Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. REMARKS: 730328 RELEASED BY DRV
SOURCE: WE CAME HOME copyright 1977 Captain and Mrs. Frederic A Wyatt (USNR Ret), Barbara Powers Wyatt, Editor P.O.W. Publications, 10250 Moorpark St., Toluca Lake, CA 91602 Text is reproduced as found in the original publication (including date and spelling errors). UPDATE - 09/95 by the P.O.W. NETWORK, Skidmore, MO THEODORE S. SIENICKI Captain - United States Air Force Shot Down: May 3, 1972 Released: March 28, 1973 Others in Incident: Timothy Ayres, Returnee In no way could I even begin to thank the American people for the support they gave us, both before and after release. There is so much I am looking forward to, in once again living together with our own people; and there is so much I shall never forget, about the ordeals we lived through to try to insure the continuation of our American way of life. I can never forget the prisoners who were shot down prior to 1972; because they made so many sacrifices in helping the newer prisoners as we came in. The organization and dedication of those men, who served the longest and most arduous times in those prisons, was the greatest inspiration imaginable. An unparalleled amount of free time provided us with the great opportunity to relearn many things which we must have had knowledge of, but had permitted ourselves to forget. The poor living conditions brought out the highest ideals, noble conduct and loyalty, as well as true unselfishness in most of the men It helped me realize that if everyone sincerely tried to live the most honest and sincere life he could, with the greatest amount of integrity he could muster, we would all be true patriots in the full sense of the word; a living testimony to the heritage this country represents. BIOGRAPHY: Born 24 March, 1948 to Meslow and Casimera Sienicki in Irvington, N.J., where he was raised and went to school until time for college, when he went to Brown University, in Providence, R.I. from which he graduated in 1969. Married Christine Getz 10 August, 1968, while still going to college, where the couple acted as Resident Managers of International House of Rhode Island during his senior year. Christine contracted leukemia; and after a twenty day illness, died at the hospital at Travis Air Force Base on 5 February, 1971. His sister, Christine, joined the Air Force in 1972, after the shoot down of Theodore's plane, and he was listed as missing in action. She hoped to learn of his whereabouts by going into Thailand herself. She remained as an Intelligence Officer; and is still working as close to the M.I.A. issues as possible from her position as Second Lieutenant. 3 May, 1972 Captain Sienicki's F-4 was shotdown by anti-aircraft fire and he and Tim Ayres, although both captured, were listed as Missing in Action; as the North Vietnamese did not inform American authorities of their capture. Upon release and return home, Captain Sienicki decided to continue training with the Air Force; to go to Lackland Air Force Base and subsequently to Williams Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona. He remarried on 4 August, 1973, to a girl he had known for twenty years, and the two of them plan to make the Air Force a lifetime career.
Theodore Sienicki retired from the United States Air Force as a Major. He lives in New Jersey.