Mer Rouge, Louisiana
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