Sidle was born on September 7, 1916 in Springfield, Ohio and was raised in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1938 and obtained a M.D. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1949. Sidle married Anne Brown in 1942, they would have five children. He died on March 15, 2005 in Southern Pines, North Carolina and is buried with Anne at Arlington National Cemetery.
Sidle originally joined the Pennsylvania Army National Guard in 1940. During World War II he served in a number of battles, including Operation Shingle. Following the war he joined the regular Army and served in the Korean War. During the Vietnam War was the Chief of Information for the Army in Saigon from 1967 to 1969 before becoming the Chief of Information for the Army from 1969 to 1973. He was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs from 1974 until his retirement the following year.
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