Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Darrell "Shifty" Powers

This man is an original hero, no floats, parades or news coverage. He was just a man who served his country, an American Soldier


The original came from Cliff Salyer's brother. Cliff asked me to send it on to you.
Here are a couple of Darrell "Shifty" Powers pictures I found:

Let’s honor this man by announcing his passing to everyone on the Internet.



This is so sad and so true.

God bless,

One of the "Band of Brothers" soldiers died on June 17, 2009.
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
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
At this point my heart stopped.
I told him yes, I know exactly where Normandy was and I know what D - Day
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 hat 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
He said, "No, son, you enjoy that seat. Just knowing that there are still
some who remember what we did and 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

Rest in peace, Shifty.

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Bob Schramm

KSLC 1979 A36TC N817NM

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