Via “The Weekly Standard Blogroll“:
Darrell “Shifty” Powers, 1923-2009
“Rest in peace, Shifty.”
Immortalized in the pages of Stephen Ambrose’s Band of Brothers and the subsequent mini-series, Powers jumped into Normandy with the 101st Airborne Division and fought through some of the grittiest battles of World War II. His nickname came from the basketball courts, his family says, not from running moonshine, as one of his battle buddies liked to joke.
He was buried quietly near his hometown in rural Virginia. He was 86 and had spent many of his last years visiting troops and faithfully attending reunions with his dwindling band of “Easy Company” brothers.
“Shifty died June 17 after fighting cancer.
There was no parade
No big event at Staples Center.
No wall-to-wall, back-to-back, 24-x-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 e-mail to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.