Real American Hero


#1

I received this and thought it needed passed along. RIP Sir!

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A must read

And think of the media circus, and all the things that are said of Hollywood “celebretites” when they die. This hero died with barely anyone’s notice.

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“Shifty” By Chuck Yeager

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 Jan. l7 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, on line, in our own quiet way. Please repost to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans. Rest in peace, Shifty.

Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]

P.S. I think that it is amazing how the “media” chooses our “heroes” these days…

Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & the like.


#2

For the record, Chuck Yeager had nothing to do with this piece: snopes.com: Shifty Powers


#3

So be it, I bought into a scam. But, if it makes people think of the folks that fought for our freedoms a little bit more I’m fine with being fooled.


#4

Not a scam. Just a different author who did have a run-in with “Shifty”


#5

Snopes is not a reliable source.


#6

God bless all the “Shifty’s” who fought bravely, with honor, and yet so humble in their servise!

THANK YOU, SHIFTY!!! :flag: :flag: :flag:


#7

You clearly didn’t read it.


#8

Why would you want to allow the facts to interfere with an alternate reality? No good could come of that. [/sarc]


#9

Why can’t we enjoy a story in the cigar lounge without having the minutiae corrected?

~HTWFAIP.


#10

[quote=“WhoIsJohnGalt, post:9, topic:37742”]
Why can’t we enjoy a story in the cigar lounge without having the minutiae corrected?

~HTWFAIP.
[/quote]I can see what those with no love for those who served honorably would be upset about some old soldier. I grew up in a generation where everyone was expected to join the military and those that served did so with out a lot of fan fare. Those who hate america get upset honoring such individuals.


#11

How does correcting inaccuracies reduce one’s enjoyment of something?

Isn’t the truth important above all else?


#12

[quote=“Cactus_Jack, post:11, topic:37742”]
How does correcting inaccuracies reduce one’s enjoyment of something?

Isn’t the truth important above all else?
[/quote]Your truth usually is a lie


#13

Read the link.


#14

It’s all about place and time. Have you ever read “How to win friends and influence people”?

Only when the truth is important.


#15

No, but I’m assuming most people on this forum haven’t.

The truth is always important. Attributing an article to someone who didn’t write it is misleading and should be corrected IMO. I run a Google search on every forwarded email that is posted on forums as a matter of course. At least 75% of them are misleading at best or a straight out lie or fabrication at worst.

I think you need to be asking yourself why people get upset when a correction is made. Why get angry at someone who is just setting the record straight?


#16

[quote=“WhoIsJohnGalt, post:14, topic:37742”]
It’s all about place and time. Have you ever read “How to win friends and influence people”?

Only when the truth is important.
[/quote]I am a graduate of Dale Carnegie


#17

And since most people haven’t it’s worth pointing out. Good book. Many who read it don’t follow it though, shame.

A smash at parties and kids events.

Hey, it changed my whole perspective on the story - many thanks.

Who is angry? Hard to read emotion into these pixels.


#18

Ever tell your wife that the jeans don’t make her look fat? Do you tell your kid there isn’t a Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny the second they can comprehend the English language? The email wasn’t asking for any money, just meant to get folks to think of our vets a bit more. Next chance you get, make sure to tell your wife or any loved one the real truth rather than stroking their ego just a bit.


#19

I prefer the truth Jack so I don’t spread stuff to my friends that isn’t true…and I’m like you on e-mail fact checking.
Still a good story…and knowing the truth doesn’t subtract one iota of my pleasure in knowing the WHOLE story.


#20

[quote=“tperkins, post:18, topic:37742”]
Ever tell your wife that the jeans don’t make her look fat? Do you tell your kid there isn’t a Santa Clause, Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny the second they can comprehend the English language? The email wasn’t asking for any money, just meant to get folks to think of our vets a bit more. Next chance you get, make sure to tell your wife or any loved one the real truth rather than stroking their ego just a bit.
[/quote]You don’t tell your wife she is fat-she will use the baseball bat while you sleep.:beat: