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The Email Said "You Should Know Darrell "Shifty" Powers"

Updated on May 31, 2012

I had received an email from two completely different unrelated sources telling about a war hero who had recently passed away.

I haven't studied war history, and I don't particularly watch television, so I hadn't heard of Darrell "Shifty" Powers.

Since the subject line said "you should know Darrell "Shifty" Powers", my curiosity was piqued.

I decided to conduct a little research online and found that this particular email is circulating like wildfire and for a while no one seemed to know who the author was. This link claims to know who the author is.

The email appears to be written by someone who met Shifty Powers in a Philadelphia airport several years ago although he didn't know who he was at the time. He just seemed to be an ordinary elderly man who was having some difficulty reading his ticket. The author then begins to pick up on clues, first a "screaming eagle" symbol of the 101st Airborne on his hat, then various aspects of his involvement in WWII crop up in their conversation. Each time, this causes the author's heart to skip a beat. As the elderly gentleman begins to talk about D-day and Normandy it dawns on him that he's talking to a genuine war hero who has just come back from Normandy, France on the anniversary of D-day. The author of the email claims he offered to switch seats with Shifty Powers who was sitting in coach but he refused saying that it was just nice knowing someone still cared and remembered what the 101st airborne had done. The author goes on to say that Darrell "Shifty" Powers died without all of the fanfare and parades and 24/7 news coverage. He urged others to forward this email and to give Shifty his own online Memorial Service.

Verified Living Easy Company Members–38 Veterans (According to Wikipedia)

Roderick "Rod" G. Bain

Edward "Ed" J. Bernat

Donald "Don" S. Bond

Lynn D. Compton

Walter F. Eggert

Jack Edward Foley

Bradford C. Freeman

Roy P. Gates

William "Bill" J. Guarnere

Forrest L. Guth

Edward James Heffron

Edward J. Joint

Joseph "Joe" A. Lesniewski

Dewitt Lowery

Clarence "Clancy" O. Lyall

Donald "Don" G. Malarkey

Albert "Al" L. Mampre

Leo J. Matz

Edward A. Mauser

William C. Maynard

Earl E. McClung

John "Jack" McGrath

Joachim Melo

Ynez A. Mendoza

Edwin "Ed" E. Pepping

Frank J. Perconte

Philip P. Perugini

Paul C. Rogers

Edward D. Shames

Frank Joseph Sobelski

J.B. Stokes

Roderick G. Strohl

Herbert "Herb" J. Suerth

Amos J. Taylor

Edward J. Tipper

William "Bill" T. Wingett

Richard Dick Winters

Henry "Hank" Charles Zimmerman

My Research on Shifty Powers

From my research online, primarily via Wikipedia, I found out the following about Darrell "Shifty" Powers:

  • Name: Darrell "Shifty" Powers
  • Born: March 13, 1923 in Clinchco, Virginia
  • Died: June 17, 2009, of natural causes in Virginia
  • Served in the United States Army during World War II in the famed E Co/2/506 of the 101st Airborne Division (the Band of Brothers). He was an original member of Easy Company, training at Camp Toccoa,
  • Jumped into Normandy, France on D-Day missing his drop zone.
  • Participated in the assault of Carentan, France and every major battle Easy Company was involved with until the end of the war.
  • Considered by many to be the best shot in Easy Company
  • Was badly injured in an accident on his way to the airfield to be sent stateside on a trip he won in a rigged lottery and spent months recuperating overseas while his buddies arrived home before he did
  • Was honorably discharged
  • Listed as one of 20 men from Easy Company who contributed to the 2009 book We Who Are Alive and Remain: Untold Stories from the Band of Brothers, published by Penguin/Berkley-Caliber.

  • Shifty is portrayed byPeter Youngblood Hills in all 10 episodes of Band of Brothers, a 2001 WWII miniseries based ona book by Stephen Ambrose. The program was executive produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks after their successful collaboration on the 1998 Academy Award-winning World War II film Saving Private Ryan.

Thank You Shifty

Regardless of who authored this email and why, I'm grateful that it found my inbox and I took a little time to get to know a little bit about a man who so richly deserves our respect and admiration. Rest in peace "Shifty" and thank you for your service to our country.


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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      I think what is sadder, AIDY, is that they shouldn't have to wait until they die to get the recognition. That's one of the reasons I listed the known survivors in this hub.

      Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

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      Am I dead, yet? 8 years ago

      What is so sad about this, is that these individuals pass away without much fanfare. For all they had been through. Such an amazing story and a wonderfully written hub in memorial. Beautiful.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      They were a different breed, weren't they, Ghost32? We should all take notes.

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Ghost32 8 years ago

      You got my attention with this one. My Dad was a World War II vet (Navy aviation mechanic), and it seems to me there's a reason that age group has become known as the Greatest Generation.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Wow, Frieda! You covered it all! Thanks!

      Thank you for stopping by Ethel, glad I was able to introduce Shifty to you.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for sharing Shifty

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Thanks! Okay, twittered, stumbled, and tagfooted. Phewf!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      That is such a wonderful compliment from one of my favorite hubbers in the world! Thank you so much, Frieda!

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      Frieda Babbley 8 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      KCC, you write about the most fascinating things. Thank you so much for this hub. It's awesome. And thanks for the list of those that are still alive. Big thumbs up. I haven't receive the e-mail, but I'll network this hub.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you to you too Emohealer!

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      Sioux Ramos 8 years ago from South Carolina

      I too received the email and have not yet opened it. Thank you for opening it for me. As a combat veteran myself, I salute him and your hub in his honour as well!

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Very well stated, Ms.Candie V!

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      Candie V 8 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      My thanks to "Shifty" and all the men and women who've served, willingly or not. I'm proud of you.

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      Karen Curtis 8 years ago from Central Texas

      Thank you 'loldham'. One of the people who had forwarded the email to me knew that write for HubPages and after I read the email I told her that "assuming I can verify the data, I'll write a hub about him". That's exactly what I did. I won't forward something I can't verify through other sources. I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and hopefully, I've given him a bit more recognition for what he's done for us by serving his country.

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      loldham 8 years ago

      I also received the same email. You never know whether to forward and email, but I did to my closest friends. I enjoyed reading about Smitty, but you went ever so much farther bringing new life to the already exciting story.

      great job.