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Wayne Sisk

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Wayne A. Sisk Sr.
Nickname(s)Skinny
Born(1922-03-04)March 4, 1922
Herndon, West Virginia, United States
DiedJuly 13, 1999(1999-07-13) (aged 77)
Charleston, West Virginia, United States
Allegiance United States
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1942-1945
RankUS Army WWII SGT.svg Sergeant
Unit506 patch.jpeg Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,
US 101st Airborne Division patch.svg101st Airborne Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
  • Battle of Normandy
  • Operation Market Garden
  • Battle of the Bulge
Awards
  • Bronze Star
  • Purple Heart
Relations-Henry Lee Sisk (father)
-Nettie Monk Sisk (mother)
-Louise Sisk (wife)
-Sharon Sisk Branson (daughter)
-Delcie Sisk Young (daughter)

Sergeant Wayne "Skinny" Sisk (4 March 1922 – 13 July 1999)[1] was a non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division of the United States Army during World War II. He was one of the original 140 Toccoa men of Easy Company. Sisk was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers.

Youth[edit]

Sisk was born on 4 March 1922 in Herndon, West Virginia.[1]

Military service[edit]

Sisk enlisted and volunteered for paratroopers and was sent to Toccoa, Georgia for training, then assigned to E Company. Sisk was one of the first soldiers in E Company.[2]

Sisk made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day. Sisk also fought with his unit in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge, the latter where he sustained shrapnel wounds to a leg during shelling by German forces. Sisk's wounds were treated and he eventually returned to his unit.

While on occupation duty in Kaprun, Captain Ronald Speirs ordered First Sergeant Lynch to take Sisk, Don Moone and Joseph Liebgott to find and to kill a Nazi officer hiding in a farm nearby. The Nazi was found and shot twice by Liebgott, but was not killed. After Moone refused to shoot, Sisk shot the Nazi dead.[3] The incident was depicted in the Band of Brothers miniseries, but with David Kenyon Webster in place of Moone.

Sisk was said to be the 'most foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, hard-living reprobate ever to enlist in Easy Company'.[4]

Later years[edit]

Sisk lived in Raleigh and Wyoming counties all his life.[1] After the war, he became a building contractor in brick and stone masonry. He suffered from flashbacks of the war and developed a drinking problem. His drinking problem was solved after having a conversation with his four-year-old niece.[5]

During the war, Sisk promised God that if he survived the war, he would become a reverend.[4] In 1949, he was ordained to become a Baptist minister. Sisk was a member of the Beckley Conference of Freewill Baptists and the West Virginia State Association of Freewill Baptists and attended the Skelton Freewill Baptist Church.[1]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Sisk's Obituary
  2. p.109, Brotherton
  3. Chapter 18, Ambrose
  4. 4.0 4.1 p.163, Brotherton, 2011
  5. Chapter 19, Ambrose

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ambrose, Stephen E. (1992). Band of Brothers: Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne from Normandy to Hitler's Eagle's Nest. Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-6411-6. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png

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