Wayne A. Sisk Sr.
|Born||March 4, 1922|
Herndon, West Virginia, United States
|Died||July 13, 1999 (aged 77)|
Charleston, West Virginia, United States
|Service/||United States Army|
|Years of service||1942-1945|
|Unit|| Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment,|
101st Airborne Division
|Battles/wars||World War II
|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) 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.
Sisk was born on 4 March 1922 in Herndon, West Virginia.
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.
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. 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'.
Sisk lived in Raleigh and Wyoming counties all his life. 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.
During the war, Sisk promised God that if he survived the war, he would become a reverend. 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.
- Sisk's Obituary
- p.109, Brotherton
- Chapter 18, Ambrose
- p.163, Brotherton, 2011
- Chapter 19, Ambrose
- 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
- Brotherton, Marcus (2010). A Company of Heroes: Personal Memories about the Real Band of Brothers and the Legacy They Left Us. Berkley Caliber. ISBN 978-0-425-23420-4. Search this book on
- Brotherton, Marcus (2011). Shifty's War: The Authorized Biography of Sergeant Darrell 'Shifty' Powers, the Legendary Sharpshooter from the Band of Brothers. Berkley Caliber. ISBN 978-0-425-24097-7. Search this book on
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