“Shifty” by Chuck Yeager

People do need to be reminded from time to time of tradition as it is a solid part of our very foundation in demonstrating who we are!

It marks a clear path to the future in remembrance for those who follow to try and excel as those before them have done in maintaining our high standard of living by means of personal sacrifices!!!

The only thing that is free in life, is advice, and even then, it can be very costly, depending on the advice and as to how it is implemented!!!

Contributed by: GunSmoke Richard Harris

Too many today have forgotten how much we owe to those that have gone before us!

May you have a Happy & Peaceful New Year.

Richard & Faye

I am sending this to all of you because I want you to know who the real heroes of this country are. I crossed paths with Chuck Yeager at Edwards Air Force Base in 1965 when I was there doing a flight test program for Lockheed and he was doing the X-15 testing that lead to placing the man in orbit. I would stand in flight operations and listen to the communication as he was breaking the sound barrier…something no one else had ever done. He became my hero at that time, so if he says Shifty is his hero then Shifty is my hero also, and I hope your hero. When I see a current President award a Congressional Medal of Honor and he does not know to salute the recipient…a tradition that has been in the military forever…then I worry that out traditions are being eroded by people who don’t know or don’t care. I want you to know and I leave it up to you as to whether or not you care….love you…Grandpa


By 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


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 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 24×7 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.]

P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heros" these days…

Michael Jackson & the like!



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11 Responses to “Shifty” by Chuck Yeager

  1. Gary Emch says:

    I read this with a sadness that we’re losing a generation that gave the world they’re life and they’re freedom. Today, I see a younger generation of service members who are holding up the standards of our grandfathers and fathers generation but sadly it is a very
    small percent. Our society is focused on admiring those who did not put themselves in harms way to protect our country yet the media places these people of shame and lack of
    manhood as hero’s. I never thought in my lifetime that such a low set of standards and lack of responsibility would be the standards of many of society and just about all of congress and the white house.

  2. V.E.G. says:

    Chuck Yeager’s mother’s maiden name was Sizemore and his daughter was shot by her own brother. Sizemore had bad connotations: Tom Sizemore got in trouble with the law, while a descendant of a Sizemore, John L. Williams, a Moffat County resident broken his neck and he died in Grand Junction.

  3. A true American Hero.

  4. R.P. McMurphy says:

    Mr. Picklyman,

    I received an email that came from your website today and wanted to know more about “Picks****”. I didn’t know anything about “Shifty” by Chuck Yeager, until I read your comment. Then I was really confused because you didn’t say anything about Chuck Yeager or Shifty. So, I had to do even more checking to make sense of it. I hope you won’t mind if I share some observations along with the link that explains who really wrote the email, met Shifty at the airport and offered to exchange places with him on the plane.

    It occurred to me your agenda was to denigrate the President of the United States. Shifty, on the other hand, would have risked his life without question for this Commander-in-Chief, just like he did for his Commander-in-Chief, President Roosevelt. I take umbridge with your sweeping generalizations regarding the current holder of the Office.

    My youngest son is about to deploy to the Gulf for his FIFTH tour. His first two tours were under a Republican Commander-in-Chief. Although the banner stated “Mission Accomplished”, his wasn’t, isn’t and won’t be until everyone actually comes home … if they can. His job performance is no less awesome than Shifty’s, yet he would be the last to brag about it. He goes in to make sure it’s safe for Special Ops teams. Shifty’s Band of Brothers were the kind of guys who stored their memories in his Hurt Locker.

    When he’s not in harm’s way serving in uniform, he serves on the Secret Service Presidential Bodyguard Detail or any other VIP deemed worthy of the ultimate sacrifice. Honor is color-blind and knows no party affiliation. My son volunteered in 2001; he was in basic training when the Towers came down. He has reupped twice since then. He serves his country … all of it – without disctinctions of politics. We could all learn to practice a little humility by remembering that for the men and women performing Explosive Ordinance Disposal – Mission Accomplished means Initial Success or Total Failure. There is no in-between …

    ” … One Nation, Under God, Indivisible with Liberty and Justice For All.”


    • Pick/***** says:

      The article about Shifty came to me from a Vietnam Veteran. In the many comments somewhere along the line someone blindsided me by deviating from the origin of the article.
      I think to keep from confusing people who read a comment on the article I should go back and delete all the ones where I responded to the person who took the article out of context.
      The original posting is strictly subject matter in its content…
      I have all the reverence and honor for and of the integrity of the men and women who serve our country, The wife and I have worked with Veterans for over twenty years. I myself volunteered for Vietnam but was medically rejected… I tell any politician or any other for that fact that our Veterans are our greatest asset as they never stop serving for they will stand and defend their country no matter the age or physical condition.
      When I speak on ant subject or person I am quite frank and many try and to spin my point of views to which I respond to clear any accusations…
      I have had family members from the American Revolution to date who have served our country in the military capacity including several uncles in WWII and Korea, I have had three nephews to serve in the Middle East, one still serves…

  5. RP McMurphy says:

    You missed the point. What I was trying to say is, when you talk about the president like that, you denigrate the Office of the Presidency and the country. I’ve got a boy who is a hero (two bronze stars, so far) who proudly is just ‘doing his job’. If you want to call out the president, have at it. It’s a free country and freedom of speech is protected in the First Amendment. But it serves us best to stay within the boundaries of decorum and common decency while referring to the highest office in the land.

    • Pick/***** says:

      I understand your point as referencing the office of the Presidency as I have the utmost respect FOR THE OFFICE.
      I take one thing into consideration and you should too, the respected office of the Presidency is in the control of a Tyrant which in my opinion and countless others is no different than if our nation were to be overthrown by a insane murderer the likes of Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, Idi Amin, etc.
      Understand I have no disrespect for the office of the President, I do not undermine the sacrifices of your son or anyone who serves. You cannot put the great men and women in the same category or sentence with the Tyrant who the presently have to serve under. Our Military is serving their people not the office of the President for if they did we would not have a prayer from the nation being overthrown by Obama and the likes who are presently pressing forward to remove our Republic status and eliminate the US Constitution as to replace our system of government with Socialism!
      I have no other way to describe my stance on my loyalty to my country, my Patriotism is steadfast and I stand ready to die in its defense. No one cam deny my commitment to my country and I have countless friends and acquaintances who know my stance and respect me and I know i’m good company as many are heroes of WWII to date!
      If you do not see my and the others view on the sorry excuse of a man who has made a mockery of our nation and our people, then there is no point in trying to explain… Respect the Office of President YES… respect Obama. NEVER IN MY LIFE TIME!!!!
      Our present President is the most despicable human ever to disgrace the office and to be Commander and Chief of our military.
      You maybe, as for me, I sure as Hell would no take orders from a Tyrant that is Hell bent on and doing one Hellofa bang up job of destroying the country!
      I have spoken to countless Active Military personnel, from the day we knew Obama was going to become our President, have told me they will not follow orders if it ever comes to Obama ordering our troops to turn their guns on their own people which he already in process of readiness of returning troops are being programmed and retrained to do so just that and the reports are countless.
      I will as a civilian defend my Republic and its US Constitution and ALL LIBERALS BE DAMNED!
      Pure and simple as that, no sugar coating!
      Obama is the worst thing that has ever happened to our nation and there hundreds of millions Americans who agree!
      I have the utmost respect for your son and all who serve just as I stated previously, I can’t express my loyalty any better.
      Again, for all who have served I have the highest respect, even those Veterans who became home and protested the wars, as in Nam and all since.
      The First Amendment is for all Americans and those who have fought in the capacity of our Military have top priority in my book.
      Our Military has been in the service of other Allied since the founding of our nation. We haven’t personally fought a war that was a direct threat to the US since WWII. This not to say the wars we participated in were not of a necessity for the survival of our Allies as we have always stood together.
      I can rant forever over the issue of Obama but the more I type his name the more my blood pressure rises!
      I thank God, NOT Obama’s Allah, (there is proof he prays to the Muslim god) for providing the faith and strength for our people to defend our freedom!
      I will dance for joy the day Obama is charged and convicted along with his co-conspirators for Tyranny and put away in prison to rot as being exiled is too good for any of them for what they have done to this country. We can only hope our US Representatives have the fortitude to do their jobs as they are elected to do in accordance with the US Constitution! If they had been doing their job we wouldn’t be in the present situation but that’s what happens when the Liberals have control of the country!!!

  6. V.E.G. says:

    Sidney Nathan Williams (a descendant of Sizemore) is a cousin of Chuck Yeager. Williams died and his three children died very unexpectedly.

  7. V.E.G. says:

    Chuck Yeager’s mother’s maiden name was Sizemore and his (Chuck) sister was shot by her own brother. Sizemore had bad connotations: Tom Sizemore got in trouble with the law, while a descendant of a Sizemore, John L. Williams (a man with a disability), a Moffat County resident broken his neck and he died in Grand Junction.

  8. V.E.G. says:

    A newest hero related to Chuck Yeager: Steven Gene Sizemore! Sizemore gave his life saving two others and he was the distant cousin of Yeager!

  9. pleiku1970 says:

    Thank You ! General Yeager from a Air Force vet who served proudly at Pleiku airbase, 1970. We supported Operation Tame the West ( Cambodia Incursion).

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