Wayne Sisk was born in 1922 in Wyoming County, West Virginia, the son of Henry Lee Sisk and Nettie Monk. He completed two years of high school. He joined the Army at Fort Thomas, Kentucky, on August 15, 1942, and quickly volunteered for the Airborne. He was one of the first soldiers assigned to Easy Company during its formation with the rest of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment in Camp Toccoa, Georgia.
He was an amiable, funny, well-liked boy. Even the despotic Captain Sobel could be charmed by him. One time during training, he was caught with a young lady on the train tracks near the camp. Brought before Sobel by the MPs, he was asked why he didn't stop what he was doing when he was caught. Skinny responded, "Well, sir, I just couldn't! The train was coming, she was coming, and so was I!"
Sisk finished the war with the rank of sergeant. He returned to his family home in Herndon, WVa, but began to suffer from what would now be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress syndrome. He began drinking heavily and shut himself up in his room, wrecked by memories of the men he had killed, including a truckload of German soldiers in Holland and an alleged concentration camp commandant in Austria. Subsequently he underwent a religious awakening, got his life back together, and eventually became an ordained minister in his church, the Free Will Baptists.
The Reverend Wayne A. Sisk, called Skinny by his friends, died in 1999 after a long illness.