LTC(R) Dave Siry

LTC(R) David Siry

Assistant Professor

Director of the Center for Oral History


Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) David R. Siry is currently an Assistant Professor of Military History in the Department of History at the United States Military Academy.   He is also the Director of the Center for Oral History at West Point.  Lieutenant Colonel Siry graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from USMA in 1994 and entered the Armor Branch of the US Army.  He served in operational assignments around the world to include Iraq, Kuwait, Bosnia, Haiti, Fort Campbell, Kentucky and Fort Knox, Kentucky.  On his two most recent deployments, he served as an Operations Officer and Executive Officer of a Cavalry Squadron in the 3rd Brigade of the 101st Airborne Division, and as a Team Chief on a Military Transition Team working with the Iraqi Army, Air Force, and Police in Wasit Province with the 1st Cavalry Division.  Lieutenant Colonel Siry earned a Masters Degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 2003.  His specialty is the American Civil War and has led numerous staff rides for Cadets and Soldiers at Gettysburg, Antietam, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Chattanooga.  Lieutenant Colonel Siry is married to the former Melissa Ellen Hess of Newark, Ohio, and they live at West Point with their four children, Shannon, Thomas, Brenna, and Katie.     

Ongoing Research Projects

Currently researching Vietnamese Refugees following the Vietnam War; American Advisors in Vietnam, and the Vietnamese Military in Oral History

Publications & Presentations

“The West Point Center for Oral History and the Military Academy” – Presentation to the West Point Society of Philadelphia, December 2018 and the Northern Chesapeake West Point Society, March 2019

American Historical Association Conference “Oral History Jukebox,” January 2018

Oral History Association Conference Presentation “Building an Oral History Program That Supports The Academy Mission,” October 2016