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anhero
07-22-2009, 1:54 PM
Shifty Powers was immortalized as the army sharp shooter in Band of Brothers. He died June 17, 2009. There were no fan fares or media coverage, only the tears of family, close friends, and admirers. In the midst of celebrity deaths, a hero's passing is forgotten.

To Darrel "Shifty" Powers' family, my condolences and apologies for a nation that has forgotten its true hero's. Side by side, the deeds of men like Shifty cannot compare to any entertainer or celebrity.

Soldier to Soldier, we will never forget each other and cherish the moments we fight together. Thank you for those that continue your service and welcome those that are considering or just joining our family.

I found the following at: http://jcrue.wordpress.com/2009/07/15/band-of-brothers-hero-darrell-shifty-powers-dies/

A Soldier Died Today

"He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,
For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world won’t note his passing, though a soldier died today.

When politicians leave this earth, their bodies lie in state,
While thousands note their passing and proclaim that they were great.
Papers tell their whole life stories, from the time that they were young,
But the passing of a soldier goes unnoticed and unsung.

Is the greatest contribution to the welfare of our land
A guy who breaks his promises and cons his fellow man?
Or the ordinary fellow who, in times of war and strife,
Goes off to serve his Country and offers up his life?

A politician’s stipend and the style in which he lives
Are sometimes disproportionate to the service that he gives.
While the ordinary soldier, who offered up his all,
Is paid off with a medal and perhaps, a pension small.

It’s so easy to forget them for it was so long ago,
That the old Bills of our Country went to battle, but we know
It was not the politicians, with their compromise and ploys,
Who won for us the freedom that our Country now enjoys.

Should you find yourself in danger, with your enemies at hand,
Would you want a politician with his ever-shifting stand?
Or would you prefer a soldier, who has sworn to defend
His home, his kin and Country and would fight until the end?

He was just a common soldier and his ranks are growing thin,
But his presence should remind us we may need his like again.
For when countries are in conflict, then we find the soldier’s part
Is to clean up all the troubles that the politicians start.

If we cannot do him honor while he’s here to hear the praise,
Then at least let’s give him homage at the ending of his days.
Perhaps just a simple headline in a paper that would say,
Our Country is in mourning, for a soldier died today."

mk3mitch
07-22-2009, 3:23 PM
RIP! I love Band of Brothers.

goathead
07-22-2009, 5:14 PM
true hero

cracentral
07-23-2009, 1:26 AM
God bless you shifty, true American hero

Desert_Rat
07-23-2009, 6:41 PM
God bless our WWII vets, I read today that they are dying at a rate of 1000 a day

GMG
07-23-2009, 8:53 PM
I read the poem, then reread it to my wife.

Voice breaking (no tears). That says it all for the greatest generation.

RIP Uncle Wayne....Tarawa....Saipan....Tinian....2nd Div.

Nordschleife
07-24-2009, 3:03 PM
This kinda put a damper to my day.

I vividly remember my World War Two class in college, and how our professor tried his very best to bring in as many WW2 Veterans to come and speak their stories to us. He tried his best because it is a saddening reality that they're not going to be around much longer; and their stories ought to be known.

I liked Shifty's character in all the BoB related writings, and Peter Hills' portrayal of him in the HBO series.

Trench Broom
07-27-2009, 4:52 PM
I remember watching the Band of Brothers interviews with Shifty - great stuff. He sure seemed like a real neat and humble guy. Thoughts and prayers to his family & friends.

Sniper3142
08-10-2009, 5:18 PM
Rest In Peace Soldier.

eltee
08-12-2009, 6:20 PM
Rest in Peace, honored guardian of my freedom. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.