Darrell "Shifty" Powers,
who died of cancer on June 17, 2009, served as a U.S. Army
paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division's 2nd battalion, 506th
Infantry Regiment, "Easy Company" during World War II. Known by
his fellow soldiers as both a quiet man and an excellent sharpshooter,
Shifty Powers was among those who parachuted into Normandy on
D-Day. By the time he was discharged from the Army in 1945, he had
been awarded an Expert Rifleman Badge, a Combat Infantry Badge, a
Presidential Unit Citation, and two Bronze Stars. And he was indeed
one of the "Band of Brothers" portrayed in the Stephen Ambrose book
and HBO miniseries of the same name. The word "hero" is
consistently used to describe him.