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 […]
It is with humbleness and honor that the Joshua Chamberlain Society announces our 9th 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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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 [...]
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Good Morning – I wanted to take a few moments and send out a heartfelt THANK-YOU to all our volunteers, participants and donors that made the First Annual JCS-Houston Clay Shoot a resounding success. The time spent up front by our board members, our volunteer coordinators, our sponsors and by all those that have held [...]
On October 27th, JCS supporter Tim Mooney completed the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington D.C. This was a grueling 26.2 mile run in the pouring rain. Tim completed the race with 30,000 other participants and represented JCS throughout the day. Tim also challenged his friends to support him on this run by raising money to [...]
Jay Vermillion ended up with some large holes in his ceiling and walls after getting some electrical work done. JCS reached out to our generous supporter Clayco, and within a week Clayco and Wies Drywall were at the Vermillion home donating their time and treasure to make the necessary repairs. The Vermillion family was so [...]
On October 31st, 2019, Great Nonprofits will announce JCS as a 2019 Top-Rated Nonprofit. This is only possible through our JCS community. The stories and experiences that our followers shared with Great Nonprofits gives us the opportunity to make this list. JCS is extremely grateful for the people that make our mission possible and believe […]
Corporal Tyler Huffman Promoted!
Read about the 2019 11th Shoot for the Troops.