What Ever Happened to Rocky Sickmann?

1 decade 3 years 11 months ago Monday, February 20 2006 Feb 20, 2006 Monday, February 20, 2006 8:21:03 PM CST February 20, 2006 in News

He lives in St. Louis County, but let's begin where it all started at the house where Sickmann grew up.

"I had to get up for mass at 5:00 a.m. and my parents would say, 'One day, Rocky, you're going to wish God were with you,'" Sickmann said. "Same thing with my kids. They say, 'Why do we have to go to church?' and I say, 'Someday, when your kids beg you to go to school for show and tell, hey dad, can you talk to my school because it's in the history books, because you're famous.'"

He's one of the guys on the front cover of Life magazine.

"I get these messages from the man upstairs. I can be having a bad day. I'm hitting the steering wheel and all of a sudden I look at the clock and it's 4:44," Sickmann admitted. "And then I say, 'God, this is nothing compared to what it was like.'"

For a 21 year-old Marine from Franklin County, however you pronounce Krakow, it doesn't matter. This is the hometown of Rocky Sickmann.

Almost 25 years ago, Sgt. Sickmann returned home after 444 days as an Iranian hostage in Tehran.

"I know that 25 years ago my life was completely different," Sickmann recalled. "I didn't know if I'd see the light of day."

Sickmann returned as a hero, but he could have come back in a body bag.

"That morning, I had my finger on the trigger and I wonder what would have happened," he remembered. "Twenty-five years later, I wonder what would have happened if I had shot?"

Instead, radical Iranians captured Rocky and more than 50 other Americans . But, some might ask if the U.S. government had fought back, would that have eliminated the current war in the Gulf. Sickmann said the war on terrorism began on Nov. 4, 1979, and Iran's fingerprints are all over terrorism.

Finally, on Jan. 20, 1981, minutes after Ronald Reagan took the oath of office as president, Iran freed the American hostages after the U.S. released $8 billion in Iranian assets. And that takes us back to Krakow, where it all started, and the day Sickmann joined the Marines.

"My dad said, 'Son, do you really know what you're getting into?' and I said, 'Sure dad, I'll be fine.' He was teary-eyed, and I thought, 'What the heck does he know that I don't?'"

For the past 24 years Sickmann has been selling beer as director of military sales for Anheuser-Busch. He has a wife, three kids, three dogs, one cat and a lizard.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday moved to enact strict penalties for people caught with the highly lethal... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
MID-MISSOURI - A multi-day storm system is on its way to Missouri and could lead to icy roads and snow... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 7:32:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Weather
COLUMBIA - Fewer families came out to the Food Bank's Mobile Pantry to pick up free groceries. "The line... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:37:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - For some businesses, winter weather brings a new type of precipitation. James Magley, an employee for Voss Land... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:33:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - In January 2019, the Columbia City Council decided rate payers would collectively pay around $1 million more in... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 6:08:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri Police Department was called early Wednesday morning to a report of an unknown person... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 4:25:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
BEIJING (AP) — Chinese state media say the city of Wuhan is shutting down outbound flights and trains as the... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:21:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a $4 million contract for next... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:18:51 PM CST January 22, 2020 in Sports
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri is testing a new way to monitor student class attendance. Spotter was released... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:12:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
ASHLAND - Ashland Police Officer George Roberson was recognized at last night's Ashland Board of Alderman meeting for his actions... More >>
11 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:03:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia City Council voted 5-1 to allow Raising Cane's the conditional-use permit necessary to build a... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:29:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A week after the Supreme Court of Missouri upheld that part of the voter ID law which... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:13:00 PM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - Winter weather causes many problems, and people get antsy when driving and walking conditions become dangerous. Many... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:59:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA — The weather fatigue is making its way here in mid-Missouri, impacting businesses and everyday people. Mackenzie Knierim,... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 9:44:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
Authorities say a suspected drunken driver who was behind the wheel of a stolen Arkansas sport utility vehicle has... More >>
17 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 8:01:39 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - One youth organization is looking to make big strides this upcoming year to stop climate change. The... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, January 22 2020 Jan 22, 2020 Wednesday, January 22, 2020 3:22:00 AM CST January 22, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA—Lucky's Market in Columbia will remain open, while the two other Missouri stores, and others across the country will... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:19:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA – Memory Strategies is hosting a STEM workshop for parents and teens at the Daniel Boone Regional Library. ... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, January 21 2020 Jan 21, 2020 Tuesday, January 21, 2020 8:02:00 PM CST January 21, 2020 in Continuous News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
2am 34°
3am 34°
4am 34°
5am 35°