Sisk, Wayne “Skinny”

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Sisk, Wayne “Skinny” born 04-03-1922, in Herndon, West Virginia, 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 by Philip Barantini.  Sisk  enlisted and volunteered for paratroopers and was sent to Toccoa,

  Georgia for training, then assigned to Easy Company. Sisk, along with Frank Perconte,   Herman “Hank” Hanson   and  Clifford Carwood “The Man”. Lipton,

   were the four first soldiers in Easy Company.  Frank Perconte died 24-10-2013, aged 96 in Joliet, Will County, Illinois and Herman “Hank” Hanson died 15-05-1971, aged 53 , in Illinois,

Sisk made his first combat jump into Normandy on D-Day,  on Private Walter “Smokey” Gordon’s  plane. Gordon died 19-04-1997, aged 77, in Biloxi, Mississippi Skinny brought laughter and broke the tension on the plane by calling out “Does anybody here want to buy a good watch?”  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 reunited with 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. Sisk told later that he gave the man five minutes to get right with God before his execution. Wayne was no Christian at this point, but he apparently knew enough to know we need God before we leave this world. The general laughed and said there was no God, only Hitler. Wayne shot and killed him on the spot. Lieutenant Speirs died 11-04-2007, aged 86, in Saint Marie, Valley County, Montana,  Liebgott didn’t talk about his war years, nor did he attend any reunions. He died on 28-06-1992 at the age of 77.in San Bernardino, Californië,

After Wayne returned to the U. S. he found he could not adjust to civilian life. He described his life in those days as “trying to drink away the truckload of Krauts that I stopped in Holland and the die-hard Nazi that I went up into the Bavarian Alps and killed.” One of his paratrooper buddies had told him that eventually all the killings that he did were going to jump into the bed with him, and he turned out to be prophetic.Sisk had nightmares as he slept and flashbacks during the days. He tried to ease his torment by drinking but found little relief. He was so unbearable his family could hardly stand him. Sisk was said to be the ‘most foul-mouthed, hard-drinking, hard-living reprobate ever to enlist in Easy Company’.

Sis, here on a 101 AB reunion in 1947 , 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.

Death and burial ground of Sisk, Wayne “Skinny” 

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. Skinny died 13-07-1999, aged 77, in Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, and is buried Miller Cemetery Rock Creek, Raleigh County, West Virginia,

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