From time to time, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants and patriots.
||March 15, 1953
||Researcher and author
||Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip
John Anthony Siegfried (born March 15, 1953), historian and market researcher turned-writer, was born in Philadelphia, PA and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School (Wyncote, PA) in 1971. A history major at St. Joseph’s University (then St. Joe’s College), he worked in supply chain and for big-box retailers while never losing the love of history. He decided his family was more important than an 80 hour work week. In 1993, John resigned as General Manager for Hechinger Company to help raise his young girls.
John and his wife, Donna, started Fundamental Research Group, a full service marketing research firm, in March 1995. Donna is now employed with McDonald’s Corporation and is currently a Manager of Market Insights for the Philadelphia Division. Focusing on military history, while writing a book on Gettysburg from 1997 to 2009, John stopped his research on this Civil War battle to begin Six Degrees of the Bracelet: Vietnam’s Continuing Grip. With a release date of Veterans Day 11/11/11, John spent over a year on trains, planes, and automobiles interviewing Vietnam in-country Veterans. All of this began after finding his mother-in-law’s POW/MIA bracelet that she wore for over 20 years. After contacting Myron Donald (Colonel, Ret. USAF) in Tucson December 23, 2009, who was a “guest” at Hoa Lo prison (“Hanoi Hilton”) from 23 February 1968 to March 1973, John proceeded to write his current book.
John has been working with authors, historians, university professors and current and former military officers and NCOs (non commissioned officers) to speak at various military and secondary institutions. He has spoken throughout the country to Veterans Organizations, high schools and universities. Also, local radio and TV stations have had John as a guest. When this work is published, he will be donating books at various hospitals throughout the country that currently care for our Wounded Warriors of Afghanistan and Iraq. Also, he will be contributing almost 20% of his revenue to various Vietnam Veteran organizations, including Veterans-For-Change, Inc., and The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial Society. In addition, proceeds will assist the MCLEF (Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation). This non-profit organization has contributed almost 50 million dollars since 1995 to the families of Marines killed in action, and to families of law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty. John is also a volunteer at the Veterans Hospital in Coatesville, PA. Last but not least, Veterans Organizations in Georgia, North Carolina, and the United States Veterans Art Program will receive proceeds on a regular basis.
John currently resides in Warminster, Pennsylvania, with his wife Donna and their daughters, Heather and Allison. Murphy, John’s 7-year-old Golden Retriever, has been at his side ever since Murphy’s rescue in 2004.