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        10-14-2009, 07:41 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    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.]


         
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        10-14-2009, 08:34 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    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.
         
        10-14-2009, 09:44 PM
      #3
    Chat Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by paintsrule    
    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!!




         
        10-14-2009, 10:53 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Those are good videos kentucky

    I like the songs. Thanks for posting them
         
        10-15-2009, 05:22 PM
      #5
    Super Moderator
    RIP. I think that's really brave.

    My grandpa was also a veteran of WWII.
         
        10-15-2009, 09:15 PM
      #6
    Yearling
    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.
         
        10-15-2009, 10:52 PM
      #7
    Foal
    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!!
         
        10-16-2009, 12:32 AM
      #8
    Showing
    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.
         
        10-16-2009, 01:03 AM
      #9
    Chat Moderator
    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.
         

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