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The Kisseloff Family

The Kisseloff Family

Missouri

Mulit-Year Folds of Honor Scholarship Recipient Serena Kisseloff is studying Psychology and Sociology at Lindenwood University in Saint Charles, Missouri. She describes herself as resilient, strong, and goofy. She has faced much adversity in her young age, by loosing both of her parent and has grown strong from it. She enjoys her friends and leans on her family when she needs too. Upon graduation from College, she has plans to continue on into a master’s program with hopes of helping others who have faced the same challenges she has.

United States Army Sergeant Denis D. Kisseloff, 45, of Saint Charles, Missouri, was assigned to the 1141st Engineer Company, Missouri National Guard, Kansas City, Missouri, served during Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. Born in the Philippines, SGT Kisseloff’s family moved to the Chicago area, where he attended and graduated from York High School in Elmhurst, Illinois. He began his military service with the Marine Corps in 1981, followed by time with the Marine Corps Reserves up until 1988. After the death of his wife, SGT Kisseloff believed rejoining the military was the best way to provide for his family, so nineteen years after leaving the Marine Corps, SGT Kisseloff joined the Missouri Army National Guard in 2007. On May 14, 2010, SGT Kisseloff passed away at Forward Operating Base Shank, Afghanistan, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using rocket propelled grenades and small arms fire. SGT Kisseloff was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds received in action and was posthumously promoted to rank of Sergeant for his service and sacrifice. He was 45 years old.“He loved this country, and he loved to serve this nation,” Rev. James P. Callahan said. “He made the ultimate sacrifice; he gave his life for our nation because he believed in this nation and he believed in the people of America.”