A death you'll hear little about this week

Darrell Powers Dies At 86

By Dave Henderson
Monday, July 13, 2009

Dickenson County, VA — "Who is Darrell Powers?" I'm sure many of you are asking. With the death of Michael Jackson, the major news networks have sucked the oxygen from the atmosphere with all their bloviating, contrived adulation and non stop coverage of every aspect of the performer's life. It is no surprise that most have not heard of Power's passing.

Darrell "Shifty" Powers, like millions of Americans, answered the call of World War II. A quiet, unassuming man, Shifty joined the Army and then volunteered for the Airborne.

After intensive training, Powers was assigned to the famed Easy Company 2nd Battalion 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, where he jumped into Normandy on D-day. He was involved in the assault on Brecourt' Manor, which saved thousands of lives on Omaha Beach.

Powers fought in the battle of Carentan and the airborne invasion of Holland as part of Operation Market Garden, where millions of French and Dutch citizens found freedom.

The 506th was encircled by superior German forces in the Battle of the Bulge and against incredible odds, successfully defended the city of Bastogne. Powers and the 506th then entered Germany, liberated concentration camps and captured Hitlers, "Eagles Nest" in Berchtesgarden.

Shifty survived the war only to be seriously injured in an auto accident while en route home and his return to civilian life.

Like millions of veterans, Powers lived a simple productive life and would have slipped into history unknown if it were not for Stephen Ambrose and the story "Band of Brothers", which was turned into an HBO mini series.

Tom Brokaw called this the "Greatest Generation" and I tend to agree. Average men and women rose to the call to defend freedom. Their sacrifice freed millions and defeated true evil.

This quiet man did not live in ostentatious wealth. He did not want to go to war, nor did he seek adulation for his service, but he answered the call and the world is free because of his efforts and sacrifice.

I doubt Shifty could do the moon walk, or that he was a gifted dancer or singer. He was never accused of pedophilia, nor did he find escape in drugs. He was not a pop icon, but, to me, Darrell "Shifty" Powers was a true hero.

We are losing our fathers and grandfathers by the thousands now; they are that age. The "Greatest Generation" — have you said thank you?

Darrell "Shifty" Powers (March 13, 1923 – June 17, 2009) - A True American Hero.
Rest in peace Shifty - and thank you.


Hammer said...

There is no comparison between men like Powers and cross dressing brain damaged pediphiles like Jackson.

It sickens me that our media..even fox news jumped on the bandwagon of that sick monkey and didn't even mention Shifty Powers until days later after they got thousands of complaints.

GunRights4US said...

You're so right Hammer.

But our heroes aren't their heroes, and they never will be.