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World War II 1
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Army 1
Birth:
1915 1
Louisiana 1
Death:
18 Jan 1996 2
Mer Rouge, Louisiana 2
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Sgt Albert Berton Sisson
Sgt Albert Berton Sisson
My grandfather
New Guinea 1944
New Guinea 1944
photo my grandfather took during WWII
Philippines 1944
Philippines 1944
Photo my grandfather had taken while in the Philippines. Shortly before the battle of Luzon and Zig Zag Pass
"Son" Sisson
"Son" Sisson
Recently returned from war. Notice bandages still around his throat.
Newspaper article
Newspaper article
My grandfather had to have multiple operations throughout his life to repair the damage to his throat.
Newspaper article
Newspaper article
Article written about the battle my grandfather was wounded in.
My grandparents
My grandparents
Son and Alice Sisson
Best friends
Best friends
Stanley and Son at Valley Forge Hospital
Valley Forge Hospital
Valley Forge Hospital
Staff at Valley Forge Hospital
Valley Forge Nurses
Valley Forge Nurses
The caption of the back of this photo says "The Three Musketeers"
Map
Map
Map given to patients
Car Show held at Hospital
Car Show held at Hospital
Booklet
Booklet
Given to patients
Autographs
Autographs
Autographs in the patient booklet he got before he left
More autographs
More autographs
Autographs in the patient booklet he got before he left Notice toward the bottom half a note from one of the "Three Musketeers" Ruth Bustran.
More autographs
More autographs
Notice top center is Stanley's signature.
HIPPA violation
HIPPA violation
Surgery schedule from Valley Forge Hospital. They must have passed them out to the patients so they would know when their surgery was. How times have changed.
Surgery schedule
Surgery schedule
Valley Forge Surgery schedule
Reunion
Reunion
Leaflets
Leaflets
Dropped by the enemy onto the troops.
Tabacco ration card
Tabacco ration card
War Bonds
War Bonds
Not sure what this was
Not sure what this was
American GIs
American GIs
There is nothing written on the back of this photo. I wish I knew what the situation was or what ship this was. I always tell myself that they were all headed home.

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Person:
Albert B Sisson 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1915 1
Louisiana 1
Death:
18 Jan 1996 2
Mer Rouge, Louisiana 2
Cause: Cancer 2
Residence:
Place: Morehouse County, Louisiana 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army 1
Enlistment Date:
28 Jan 1943 1
Army Branch:
Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Component:
Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
38387920 1
Enlistment Place:
Shreveport Louisiana 1
Enlistment Term:
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Occupation:
Sales clerks 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 1329 1
Film Reel Number: 6.95 1
WWII:
Wounded: Battle of ZigZag Pass Luzon, Philippines 2

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My Grandfather

Mer Rouge, Louisiana

"Son" Sisson
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Son of Albert Boudreax Sisson and Etta Mae (Daniel) Sisson. Born in Mer Rouge, Louisiana.

Veteran of WWII. Master Sargent Sisson entered the Army in 1943. Trained at Ft. Bragg, NC and Camp Livingston, La. Served in PTO. Awarded Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Wounded in the Philippines by having his larynx shot out. Experimental plastic surgery performed by Dr. William R. Hazzard of Wilmington, Delaware. Left the states at New Orleans, La, Jan. 1, 1944. Arrived Hawaii. Arrived New Guinea, 1944, from there to Leyte, Philippine Islands. Next to Luzon, Philippines. Wounded in combat May 16, 1945. North of Manilla, Philipine Islands. Returned to the States June 13, 1945. Spent 2 months in Kennedy General Hospital, Memphis, TN. 6 months in Northington General Hospital, Tuscaloosa, AL & 31 months in Valley Forge General Hospital, Phenixvill, PA. Discharged from Army August 9, 1948. In addition to the Purple Heart and Bronze Star, "Son" was awarded APTO Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, 3 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal and one Arrowhead Medal. "Of such as Albert Berton "Son" Sisson are heros made." (quoted from "My Kin Folks" by Thomas Young Harp, II)

Alice often said that Son never met a stranger. Son was at ease with his odd dis-figurement in Mer Rouge but was uncomfortable anywhere else. Son was offered a job as a cotton broker in Chicago. Turned down the job offer because he lacked a voice and was uneasy with the anticipated reaction of others to his wound. Later regretted the decision. Says he should have taken the chance. Of course, we'd all have been raised "yankees" :)

Married Alice Yeldell on December 5, 1948. Son always associated his wedding anniversary with Pearl Harbor on December 7th. Instead of subtracting 2 from 7 and getting December 5. He would add 2 to 7 and get December 9th. A great source a amusement for Alice. Three Children:Bonnie Alice Sisson Manning (b. 1952)Albert Berton Sisson, Jr. (b. 1955) Penny Ann Sisson Nugent (b. 1963)Grand children:Berton Dennis Manning (b. 1974) Joy-Elise Allison Manning Endreshak (b. 1976)Brittany Leigh Sisson GuidryAlbert Berton "Trey" Sisson, III Sara Ann NugentGreat Grandchildren to date:Josiah Owen Endreshak (b.1995)Nathanial Jake Endreshak (b. 1998)Noah Michael Endreshak (b. 1999)Kayden Pryce Sisson (b. 2003)Gabe Connor Sisson (b. 2008)

Graduated from Mer Rouge High School. Son was 5'10 and 125 pounds. Had a hard time gaining weight. Wore 28" waist and 36" inseam. Khaki pants had to be specially ordered. Once ate everything in sight and managed to get weight up to 140 pounds. Desparately wanted to join the Mer Rouge football team.Worked at Mr. John Howard Michie's Cotton Gin and hardware store when it was not "ginning season". Mr. Michie requested two WWII deferments for Son since Mr. Michie needed someone to run the cotton gin. Son volunteered for active duty because he knew the board would not grant a 3rd deferment. Plus, Son said people resented any healthy man who was not at war. Didn't like the insenuation (sp)that he was a coward. Married first wife, Lorraine Gillum, before he left for war. She could not handle his disfigurement and filed for divorce when he returned home.After Mr. Michie died, Son was General Manger of Morehouse Gin and Elevator until retirement in late 80s. Served on the Mer Rouge Volunteer Fire Department and Mer Rouge City Counsel for years. Often said he was the "garbage man" as he set up trash pick up for the town. Dr. Shelley Coats Jones later told Bonnie, Son's daughter, that Son was responsibile for the sewer system that was set up in Mer Rouge during the mid-60s.

Written by my mother Bonnie Alice Sisson

Valley Forge Army Hospital

Valley Forge, Penn

Best friends
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My grandfather spent over 2 years at Valley Forge Army Hospital, while doctors tried to repair the damage done to his throat. He lived with a tracheostomy for the rest of his life.

While at Valley Forge, my grandfather's best friend was another wounded vet named Stanley Konikowski (sp). My mom said that her father and Stanley stayed in touch after the war for many years, but then lost touch with each other. I would love to find Stanley's family and share some of the pictures I have.

 

Packrat

Mer Rouge, Louisiana

Reunion
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My grandfather kept everything. It was amazing some of the stuff he kept from the war. Here are a few items.

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