about a WWII veteran. - The Horse Forum

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 10-14-2009, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,340
• Horses: 0
about a WWII veteran.

We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services for the likes of a drugged-up, wacked-out entertainer and a cowardly drunk who happened to be a U.S. Senator.

I would like to propose a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

Here's why...





Shifty volunteered for the airborne in WWII and served with

Easy Company of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, part of the 101st Airborne Infantry. If you've seen Band of Brothers on HBO or the
History Channel , you know Shifty. His character appears in all 10
episodes, and Shifty himself is interviewed in several of them.






I met Shifty in the Philadelphia airport several years ago. I didn't
know who he was at the time. I just saw an elderly gentleman having
trouble reading his ticket. I offered to help, assured him that he was
at the right gate, and noticed the "Screaming Eagle," the symbol of
the 101st Airborne, on his hat.


Making conversation, I asked him if he'd been in the 101st Airborne
or if his son was serving. He said quietly that he had been in the
101st. I thanked him for his service, then asked him when he served,
and how many jumps he made.


Quietly and humbly, he said "Well, I guess I signed up in 1941 or so,
and was in until sometime in 1945 .. . . " at which point my heart
skipped.


At that point, again, very humbly, he said "I made the 5 training
jumps at Toccoa, and then jumped into Normandy . . . . Do you know
where Normandy is?" At this point my heart stopped.


I told him "yes, I know exactly where Normandy is, and I know what
D-Day was." At that point he said "I also made a second jump into
Holland , into Arnhem .." I was standing with a genuine war hero . . .. ..
and then I realized that it was June, just after the anniversary of
D-Day..


I asked Shifty if he was on his way back from France , and he said
"Yes. And it's real sad because, these days, so few of the guys are
left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip." My heart
was in my throat and I didn't know what to say.


I helped Shifty get onto the plane and then realized he was back in
Coach while I was in First Class. I sent the flight attendant back to
get him and said that I wanted to switch seats. When Shifty came
forward, I got up out of the seat and told him I wanted him to have
it, that I'd take his in coach.


He said "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are
still some who remember what we did and who still care is enough to
make an old man very happy." His eyes were filling up as he said it.
And mine are brimming up now as I write this.


Shifty died on June 17, 2009 after fighting cancer.




There was no parade.

No big event in Staples Center .
No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.
No weeping fans on television.
And that's not right.

Let's give Shifty his own Memorial Service, online, in our own quiet
way. Please forward this email to everyone you know. Especially to the
veterans.


Rest in peace, Shifty.


Chuck Yeager, MajGen. [ret.]



I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur
RegalCharm is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 10-14-2009, 08:34 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 667
• Horses: 0
RIP Shifty.
Wow he was brave.
I agree, why don't we do what we do for actors to the real heros who die...jumping into Normandy on D-Day is way more talented, brave and amazing than reciting lines in front of a camara your whole life, or dancing and lip singing on stage.
RIP. Even if we don't have camaras we'll greive for you.
paintsrule is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 10-14-2009, 09:44 PM
Chat Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Kentucky
Posts: 3,744
• Horses: 2
Quote:
Originally Posted by paintsrule View Post
RIP Shifty.
Wow he was brave.
I agree, why don't we do what we do for actors to the real heros who die...jumping into Normandy on D-Day is way more talented, brave and amazing than reciting lines in front of a camara your whole life, or dancing and lip singing on stage.
RIP. Even if we don't have camaras we'll greive for you.
there is really nothing else that can be added to that. Besides RIP soldier, you have earned, sir!!





A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.

Mis Raices Estan Aqui (my roots are buried here)
Kentucky is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 10-14-2009, 10:53 PM Thread Starter
Trained
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 5,340
• Horses: 0
those are good videos kentucky

I like the songs. Thanks for posting them

I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within. Douglas MacArthur
RegalCharm is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 10-15-2009, 05:22 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: SE Finland
Posts: 16,752
• Horses: 0
RIP. I think that's really brave.

My grandpa was also a veteran of WWII.

"On hyviä vuosia, kauniita muistoja, mutta kuitenkaan, en saata unohtaa,
Että koskaan en ole yksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Vaikka myrsky hetkeksi tyyntyykin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Ja pian taas uusin hönkäyksin, varjo seuraa onneain.
Hei tuu mun luo, pieneksi hetkeksi. Puhutaan, varjoni, valkoiseksi enkeliksi."

Pelle Miljoona Oy - Varjo seuraa onneain

TaMMa89 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 10-15-2009, 09:15 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,156
• Horses: 2
That is aweful. My freind is doing a parade on his friend he lost in war, I'm sad that Mr. Shifty didn't get one. I will say a prayer for him.

Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin' it back. -- Unkown
ChevyPrincess is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 10-15-2009, 10:52 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: British Columbia Canada
Posts: 2
• Horses: 1
I am 43 and a vet myself, no hero like Shifty but you had me completely teary eyed.. for understanding what he did as well as how he was shown him that his sacrifice was appreciated!!
itchaguide is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 10-16-2009, 12:32 AM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
Posts: 22,011
• Horses: 24
Rest in Peace Shifty, and God Bless you for your service. Thank you.

It is terrible that the american public idolizes people like Michael Jackson and don't even realize that there are people out there that are genuinely responsible for the freedoms we now enjoy. It was people like Shifty who avenged those who died a Pearl Harbor and it is men like Shifty who prevented the US from being ruled by the likes of Adolf Hitler. God bless all who serve and fight for the freedom of all people.

Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/
smrobs is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 10-16-2009, 01:03 AM
Chat Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: western Kentucky
Posts: 3,744
• Horses: 2
Smrobs, I have to agree whole heartedly agree with you. And I didn't think about that or the young men and women who are in harm's way today.

A good cowboy always has a better horse at the end of the ride, a poor cowboy will be afoot reguardless of the horse.

Mis Raices Estan Aqui (my roots are buried here)
Kentucky is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Equestrain trail closed in western Mo. state park to allow search for WWII ordnance singlecowgirl Trail Riding 1 10-12-2009 07:53 AM
3 Year Veteran goldilockz General Off Topic Discussion 6 07-15-2009 08:35 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome