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Discussion in 'Military News' started by 7costanza, Feb 13, 2009.

  1. Boston Irish Lass

    Boston Irish Lass MassCops Member

    re: Darrell "Shifty" Powers (merged threads)

    I'm surprised nobody's mentioned Letters From Iwo Jima
  2. 7costanza

    7costanza Supporting Member

  3. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    A real HERO died recently

    Death Of A Hero: SSG Darrell “Shifty” Powers | QandO

    A real hero died recently.

    For those of you who have watched Band of Brothers, you'll recognize the heroic exploits of Shifty Powers.

    As we've discussed on this site before, the word HERO is used so loosely nowadays that it's hard for some people to know who and what, a real hero is. Shifty Powers (along with others in his company) is one of those people. May he rest in peace.
  4. Sam1974

    Sam1974 MassCops Member

    Re: A real HERO died recently

    Rest in Peace Shifty..
  5. MetrowestPD

    MetrowestPD MassCops Member

    Re: A real HERO died recently

  6. LGriffin

    LGriffin Always Watching

    Memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers: You're invited!

    We're hearing a lot today about big splashy memorial services.
    I want a nationwide memorial service for Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

    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 humb ly, 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 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.]

    Darrell "Shifty" Powers (March 13, 1923 - June 17, 2009)
    was a former U.S. Army NCO during World War II
    who served with the famed E Co/2/506 of the
    101st Airborne Division (the Band of Brothers).
    Shifty was an original member of Easy
    Company, training at Camp Toccoa, Georgia .
    Shifty's hometown was Clinchco, Virginia, in Dickenson County.
  7. LGriffin

    LGriffin Always Watching

    re: Darrell "Shifty" Powers (merged threads)

    I just gave Shifty his own thread under military news before I read this here.
    Well, he deserves his own thread at the very least.
  8. LA Copper

    LA Copper Subscribing Member

    re: Darrell "Shifty" Powers (merged threads)

    I thought so too but it was moved here.
  9. kwflatbed

    kwflatbed MassCops Angel Staff Member

    re: Darrell "Shifty" Powers (merged threads)

    All of the threads that were posted pertain to "Shifty" and
    were merged to make it eaiser to comment in one place rather
    than the same comments posted in three threads.

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