News // Iran Hostage Crisis survivor on honoring soldiers (

One day years ago in the early 1990s, when Rocky Sickmann’s daughter was still in grade school, she came home and asked her father to speak to her class.

He asked why. She grabbed her history book that was wrapped tight with a brown Kroger shopping bag, opened it up and said, “Because we’re learning about you.”

The son and brother of men who served in the Army, Sickmann served in the Marines from 1976-1981 and was one of the 65 Americans taken hostage for 444 days during the Iran Hostage Crisis.

After the Marines, Sickmann worked 34 years for Anheuser-Busch before his retirement, where he now oversees the Budweiser account for Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides academic scholarships to the children of wounded or killed soldiers. Since 2007, the group has provided 35,000 scholarships.

Working with Folds, which now has 32 chapters across the country, allows Sickmann to continually aid military dependents and honor the eight soldiers who died in an…

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