Joshua Chamberlain Society, its volunteers, and especially the JCS Houston heroes want to extend a heartfelt thanks to Big Star Ford in Pearland, TX for all the vehicle improvements extended to the Escobedo family. Both, Rick Law, the general manager, and Jeff Kuithe, service manager, went beyond the call of duty in […]
It is with humbleness and honor that the Joshua Chamberlain Society adopted our first killed-in-action JCS Hero, Sgt. Denis Kisseloff, United States Army (Missouri National Guard). Sgt. Kisseloff was killed-in-action on May 14, 2010, leaving behind his two beautiful children, Serena and Aleksander.
A native of St. Charles Missouri, Sgt. Kisseloff joined the Marine Corps in 1981 and remained in the Corps through 1988. After the sad death of his wife, Sgt. Kisseloff believed that rejoining the military was the best way to provide for his family. And so, nineteen years after leaving the Marine Corps, Sgt. Kisseloff joined the National Guard in 2007.
Denis became an engineer with the National Guard, also known as a SAPPER, the same assignment undertaken by our very first JCS Hero, SSgt. Joshua Eckhoff. Initially, Sgt. Kissleoff was assigned to the 1138th Engineer Company, out of Farmington, Missouri; then to.Headquarters Company, 203rd Engineers Battalion, in Joplin, Missouri, and finally he was assigned to the 1141st Engineer Company, Missouri National Guard, from Kansas City, Missouri.
On May 14, 2010, Sgt. Kisseloff was undertaking the dangerous duty of a SAPPER, performing a route clearance mission to remove explosive devices and save lives. On this mission, Sgt. Kisseloff’s unit was attacked by insurgents using rocket-propelled grenade and small arms fire. In the ensuing firefight, Sgt. Kisseloff lost his life in service to our nation. It was said best by the reverend presiding over his funeral: “He gave his life for our nation because he believed in this nation and he believed in the people of America.”
Denis was a doting father who lived simply and doled out “big bear hugs” according to his sister, Marie Fe Ariss. His children, Serena and Aleks, remember a fun-loving dad who was always supportive and had a smile on his face. He has been greatly missed, but the JCS family hopes that it can offer some amount of comfort while Serena and Aleks learn to live with bear-sized holes in their hearts.
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Not many 13 year olds can say they have spoken at the Capitol and the Lincoln Memorial. In 2003, after the war in Iraq and Afghanistan began, Congress passed a law stating that nothing else could go in the National Mall. This site is home to iconic monuments including the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument. […]
Schaefer Autobody recently donated 4 vehicles to our JCS Heroes. This is the third year that Schaefer Autobody has worked with Travelers Insurance to provide much needed vehicles to our JCS Heroes. Please click on the link to learn more: Schaefer Autobody
Taylor graduated from The University of Missouri with her Education Degree and is pursuing her Masters Degree from Lindenwood University. Taylor teaches the Fifth Grade at New Haven Elementary School. She currently lives in Washington, Mo where she remodeled her entire home. JCS was able to establish connections to contractors to help Taylor make the […]
The JCS family just keeps growing! Please welcome Elijah Nicely. Dad, CPL. Todd Nicely, and mom, Michele, are all doing well and settling into this new crazy life! Congratulations! Elijah Nicholas – October 20, 2020 – 7 pounds 10 ounces – 20 inches long
Congratulations to Hero CPL. Tyler Huffman and his bride Amanda on their wedding! We are so excited for the both of you.
Congratulations to the Vermillion Family on your new ride! Thank you to the largest contributors like NABC Recycled Rides, Travelers Insurance, Schaefer Autobody, and Scott Schaefer, Alex Alyatim, Colleen Lawler, Jack Lawler, Matt Koke, Gail Schroeder, Danielle Horton, Tommy Tedesco, Cottrell Fox, James Forshey. See the video of our day here: https://www.facebook.com/JCSociety/videos/432819764747131.
Read Don’s final blog post here: “My adventure has come to a close. I am home and just want to wrap up a few thoughts. Many of you know about my trials and attempts at crossing the US. Those times while disappointing to me taught me a lot about things. I love to ride my […]
JCS is working to evaluate further precautions we will take to ensure the safety of our guests, Heroes, and staff for upcoming events. For the Price of Freedom Gala, foremost, safety precautions will include providing face masks to all guests and hand sanitizer will be readily available. As we are sure has been common in other areas of […]
What a rare and humbling opportunity. Two Medal of Honor recipients spoke at the Nashville Gala on November 2nd. Medal of Honor Recipients, James C. McCloughan, Specialist 5 United States Army and David Bellavia, Staff Sergeant United States Army. They were absolutely amazing, and you could have heard a pin drop while they were speaking. David [...]