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
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.
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!
"FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT KNOW WHO CHUCK YEAGER IS"
HE WAS THE FIRST MAN TO EXCEED THE SPEED OF SOUND