In Memoriam: Darrell C. Powers

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In Memoriam: Darrell C. Powers
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Darrell C. Powers
13 March 1923 – 17 June 2009 (aged 86)
Nickname Shifty
Place of birth Clinchco, Virginia
Place of death Clinchco, Virginia
Allegiance  United States
Years of service 1942-1945
Rank  Staff Sergeant
Unit E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (United States), 101st Airborne Division
Awards *Bronze Star
*Good Conduct Medal
*American Campaign Medal
*European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and others[1]
Relations -Margo Johnson (daughter)
-Sandy Powers (daughter-in-law)
Other work Machinist
Staff Sergeant Darrell C. Powers (March 13, 1923 – June 17, 2009)[2] was a non-commissioned officer with Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. Powers was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Peter Youngblood Hills.


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Shifty from
Chuck Yeager
 
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   
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 think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "hero's" these days...Michael Jackson, Ted Kennedy & the like!  

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