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    "SHIFTY"

    There was a picture with more metals than could fit on his uinform !!!
    Hope someone will pass this on !


    Please pass this on so that untold thousands can read it.....We owe no less to our REAL HEROES......


    "SHIFTY" - an incredible American Hero
    SHIFTY DIED JAN 17, 2009..........May God rest his soul.




    Shifty!! by Chuck Yeager
    One hero paying homage to another!!




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    "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 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'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, Maj Gen. [ret.]


    P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...

    Michael Jackson & the like!
    If your winning you are cheating; if you are not winning you are not cheating enought !!!

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    Moderator RACING JUNKIE Harbone's Avatar
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    he actually died in 2009, heres something linked to that letter stating Yeager was not the real author...

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/mil...fty_powers.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by harbone66
    he actually died in 2009, heres something linked to that letter stating Yeager was not the real author...

    http://urbanlegends.about.com/od/mil...fty_powers.htm
    thanks for correcting this !!! and i take it this has been here befor .
    If your winning you are cheating; if you are not winning you are not cheating enought !!!

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    He was a great man, I have watched the Band of Brothers series at least 3 times now.



    Here is the definition of more medals then could fit on his uniform

    Chris

    As close to "Normal" as I can get...

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    "P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...

    Michael Jackson & the like!"

    REAL heroes don't have to brag about it.....We call those that do, 'PX heroes' , bought all their medals at the PX.....

    Rest in Peace, Shifty. LOVE his nickname ! Wasn't a car guy was he ?
    TRUTH is HATE
    to those who
    HATE TRUTH

    God Bless our folks in uniform
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    Quote Originally Posted by DrivingMissDD
    "P.S. I think that it is amazing how the "media" chooses our "heroes" these days...

    Michael Jackson & the like!"

    REAL heroes don't have to brag about it.....We call those that do, 'PX heroes' , bought all their medals at the PX.....

    Rest in Peace, Shifty. LOVE his nickname ! Wasn't a car guy was he ?
    A BIG X2 D.D.


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