View Full Version : Where are the memorials for the true heroes?

07-17-2009, 11:01 PM
I got this e-mail and confirmed it through Snopes (http://www.snopes.com/politics/military/shiftypowers.asp). It is well worth remembering the true heroes.

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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 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

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

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

Mark Pfiefer.

07-18-2009, 12:48 AM
awesome nickname. interesting story. (wiki entry (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darrell_Powers)) Rest in peace, soldier, and thank you.

Gilshalos Sedai
07-20-2009, 09:01 AM
Wow. Rest in peace, and a belated thank you.

07-20-2009, 09:26 AM
band of brothers is probrably the best thing tom hanks has ever done.

Gilshalos Sedai
07-20-2009, 09:45 AM
I thought he was just in Saving Private Ryan?

07-20-2009, 09:47 AM
He produced Band of Brothers. It is very good. There's also a Space Series he did for HBO.

07-20-2009, 11:56 AM
from the earth to the moon.

07-20-2009, 12:58 PM

I don't know what you're talking about.

07-20-2009, 02:25 PM
Today would be the anniversary of the 1st Apollo Moon Landing.... Or 1st Apollo Moon Landing Movie Primier


its also my dads birthday

Gilshalos Sedai
07-20-2009, 02:35 PM
40th Anniversary, to be exact, Zan. One of the benefits of living in Houston, constant space program coverage.