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"Shifty" Passes, remember out Vets!

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  1. Bob Schultz

    Bob Schultz Well-Known Member Supporting Vendor

    Jan 29, 1998
    Tuxedo NC
    "Shifty" By Chuck Yeager

    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 skipped.

    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 realized I was standing with a genuine war hero .... and then I realized that

    it was June, just after the anniversary of D-Day. 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 Jan. l7 after fighting cancer.

    There was no parade.

    No big event in Staples Center ..

    No wall to wall back to back 24x7 news coverage.

    No weeping fans on television.

    And that is just 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. P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media"

    chooses our "heroes" these days...

    Michael Jackson & the like!

    Received this from a friend...copy and send it to yours. Thanks, Bob
  2. Russ-in-Pa

    Russ-in-Pa Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2010

    Bump to the top.
  3. g7777777

    g7777777 TS Supporters TS Supporters

    Jan 29, 1998


    Regards from Iowa

  4. chipking

    chipking TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998

    God Bless and Keep him. Another of the greatest generation lost but to history.

    --- Chip King ---
  5. Duck Head

    Duck Head TS Member

    Feb 20, 2006

    God bless him and Major Winters too.
  6. bill1949

    bill1949 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
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