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This is what a true hero is not a sports star or Hollywood star... This was posted on my Facebook by a friend... I have not edited it in any way...


And think of the media circus, and all the things that are said of Hollywood "celebrities" when they die. 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




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




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, on line, in our own quiet way.


Please repost to everyone you know. Especially to the veterans.


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.

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Guys like him have always been my heroes. RIP Shifty...


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