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Former Overland Park man is killed in Afghanistan

Updated: 2013-06-05T12:04:03Z

By MATT CAMPBELL

The Kansas City Star

Justin Lee Sisson, formerly of Overland Park, was killed Monday in Afghanistan while serving in the Army.

The Department of Defense said Sisson, 23, and another soldier, 20-year-old Robert A. Pierce of Panama, Okla., died when their unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device detonated in a suicide vehicle in Tsamkani, near the Pakistan border.

Sisson’s parents, who now live in Phoenix, were notified Monday. They were told he was on foot patrol. Sisson was a second lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division. He had been in Afghanistan two months.

“He was one of the finest,” his mother, Phyllis Sisson, said Tuesday. “He was loved by everybody. He was outstanding in everything he did.”

Sisson was a 2007 graduate of Blue Valley West High School and was an Eagle Scout. He studied at Florida State University at Tallahassee on an ROTC scholarship. He took a year off from his studies to serve with the National Guard in Iraq. He returned to Florida State and graduated last year with a degree in history.

Sisson completed Army Ranger school last fall and preceded his unit to Afghanistan as part of an advance echelon.

Phyllis Sisson said her son wanted to serve and made sure he surmounted any obstacle in his way.

He leaves his mother and father, Kevin Sisson, and an older brother, Ryan Sisson.

To reach Matt Campbell, call 816-234-4902 or send email to mcampbell@kcstar.com.

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