Decorated Army Sgt. Randall Kisner's mother is Nevadan Deborah Kisner, who spent five years in the Marine Corps and 17 years in the Army, participating in Operation Desert Storm in Iraq and Israel in the early 1990s.
"We were in Israel, shooting down Scud missiles with Patriot missiles," the former captain said. "We shot down three."
Kisner's mom said her only child's late maternal grandfather, Albert Grant, retired after 30 years in the Navy as a boatswain's mate, having done a tour of Korea and five tours of Vietnam.
His late paternal granddad, Sam, was an Army soldier captured on the South Pacific island of Corregidor in 1942 at the start of World War II who survived the Bataan Death March and three years as a Japanese POW.
Sgt. Kisner said his first deployment was from September 2006 to April 2007 in Iraq and that he expects to complete his third in Afghanistan in February. "The last time I was home was in July 2011 and that was only for a few days," he wrote in an e-mail to the Herald-Tribune.
"I haven't really been home for any period of time since I enlisted. I lived in Nevada from the time I was 13 until I graduated. My best recollection is from not too long ago. The last time I was home, I became a Mason at the Osage Masonic Lodge No. 303.
"I was an average wrestler in high school and didn't achieve much to be noticed for. I wrestled three years on the varsity at 119 pounds, 130 and 135. I didn't join the Army right out of high school. I moved to Kansas City for about a year and then moved to my Dad's, where I joined and was sent to basic training in Fort Benning, Ga., in February 2006."
Kisner's father Bill lives in Everton, Ark.