Feb 9, 2017
Love of country was one of the most
important tenants in Sergeant Rocky Sickmann's house the he
was growing up. His father and brother were both in
the army and Rocky joined the Marines.
In October of 1979, Rocky was a guard at the US Embassy in
Tehran, Iran. A few weeks later, he was taken hostage. He
was held for the next 444 days.
Rocky recounts the day he was taken hostage, gives
unbelievable, historical context from his first-person experience
and most importantly: Shares how faith, hope and simple, joy-filled
memories are what got him through his darkest
- Freedom is not free. Rocky is an
epic reminder of the sacrifices made by men and women in the
- CHOOSING to be a victor, not a victim, is
critical. When Rocky realized his health
was deteriorating, he chose to not let the situation
get the best of him. In doing so: He recommitted to eating despite
having no appetite & doing push ups and pacing
in his dark room.
- Everything you do has a consequence for someone else.
- A tip to survive an emotionally challenging
time: Relive simple childhood memories - or pick
a different joyful time in your life if your childhood wasn't
idyllic. Rocky spent time in his dark room, tied to a chair
reliving: baseball games, sleigh rides and "watching" his
mother make him pancakes.
- "The Man is still up there. Faith
is what kept me going. I had never prayed so hard in my life.
I even asked God for a sign and he gave me one! He gives them
to me all the time now, too."
- Rocky shares what it was like to finally land at Stewart
Air Force Base in New York and see Jill, who today is his
wife of 35 years, and parents again for the first
photos from Rocky's homecoming here.
- Rocky is an ambassador for Folds of Honor which
provides scholarships to the families of fallen and disabled
- Iranian Hostage, a
Personal Diary is Rocky's book sharing
- "Put your heart, mind, soul and prayers towards it and you can
survive. You have to make up your mind to not let them get the best
- "You walk, talk and dress different in the military than you do
when you're a civilian. That is why the VFW, American Legions and
other organizations are so helpful [when you're making the
transition and beyond]."
- What's your encouragement for those of us with
struggles today? "Everybody has a bad time, use that.
Survive it; you can survive anything."
SICKMANN'S LIVE INSPIRED 7
1. What is the best book you’ve ever read?
Your book, ON
2. Tomorrow you discover your wealthy uncle shockingly
dies at the age of 103; leaving you millions. What would you
Honor, which provides scholarships to the families of
fallen and disabled veterans.
3. Your house is on fire, all living things and people
are out. You have the opportunity to run in and grab one item. What
would it be?
My wedding album.
4. You are sitting on a bench overlooking a gorgeous
beach. You have the opportunity to have a long conversation with
anyone living or dead. Who would it be?
5. What is the best advice you’ve ever
Be prepared for an exciting journey.
6. Looking back, what advice would you give
yourself at age 20?
Never forget where you came from.
7. It’s been said that all great people can have their
lives summed up in one sentence. How do you want yours to
Rocky Sickmann, Iranian hostage, 444 days of captivity. God
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