A Tribute To An Unknown Hero

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  1. RagenFlac

    RagenFlac New Member

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    This story speaks for its self. We have our freedom because of men like this. Those so willing to blindly give up their/our freedom need to look hard at our countries history and see just how many lives were lost or at risk to ensure that we remain a free country.
    This is just one of the many who fought for freedom.









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    And think of the media circus, flags at half staff, and all the things that were said of Whitney Houston when she died.
    This hero died with barely anyone's notice.
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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, 2012 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!

    Rest in peace, Shifty.

    Chuck Yeager, Maj. General [ret.]


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

    Elvis, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston & the like.

    "SHIFTY" - an incredible American hero.
     
  2. CA357

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  3. 25-5

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    Shifty was quite a guy. Laid back, but a hero non the less. There are some of us who knew of and mourned his passing.
    "Shifty's War", by Marcus Brotherton.
    Maj. Gen. Chuck Elwood Yeager, a hero, is 90.
     
  4. SSGSF

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    That is true we pay more respect to a dead drug user a child molester. Then we do the real heroes . Where are our morals theses these days.
     
  5. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    Just take a look at the headlines and it's obvious what's important to the masses. There's more "news" about "reality" shows than reality and more articles about made up celebrities than news. Or truth for that matter.
     
  6. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    "And it's Tommy this, and Tommy that, and chuck 'im out, the brute,

    But it's Saviour of 'is country when the guns begin to shoot."
    Rudyard Kipling
     
  7. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

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    Locutus
    You might like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Boy_Jack_(film)
     
  8. shouldazagged

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    Chuck Yeager didn't write the piece, which has been going around for several years (see snopes.com), but that doesn't make it any less important. We're losing more and more of the men and women whose war was my father's and several uncles' war, and of which I have some memories. Dad was a 33-year-old war correspondent who hit Omaha Beach with one of the first outfits (an engineering unit) in the first wave on D-Day. He was legally blind without his glasses, he was unarmed, and he had an amphibious vehicle shot out from under him on the way into the beach. He stayed with the troops through the breakout. He didn't receive recognition either when he died at 90, except from family and a few old friends. He wouldn't talk about Omaha, but I have some of his clippings.

    Soon none of those vets will be left, and to people younger than I World War II will exist only in history books and reruns of things like "Band Of Brothers".

    Shifty deserved better. So did countless others.
     
  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Most didn't really want recognition. That';s the kind of men they were.

    Alvin York once said: "Ah aint proud o' what Ah done over there."

    Most, including my uncle and cousins just wanted to get the job done and get home to go on with their lives.
     
  10. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Most didn't really want recognition. That';s the kind of men they were.

    Alvin York once said: "Ah aint proud o' what Ah done over there."

    Most, including my uncle and cousins just wanted to get the job done and get home to go on with their lives.