No matter what one’s view of war is, it is important to never forget the men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line for each one of us.
Back in the late 60’s, one soldier I knew said he had to take his uniform off before landing at the airport upon returning home from his 11 months in Vietnam. If he hadn’t, he would have been pelted with fruit, rocks and whatever else the anti-war activists decided to throw. He said to me, “How do you think I felt doing what my country asked, risking my life, and having to hide my service?”
This tribute to Darrell “Shifty” Powers was written by Ret. Maj. Gen. Chuck Yeager, a hero test pilot during WWII and that makes the words all the more special.
“…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.”
Darrell “Shifty” Powers