Powers, Darrell, S/Sgt

Deceased
 
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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Service Branch
Infantry
Last Primary MOS
745-Rifleman
Last MOS Group
Infantry (Enlisted)
Primary Unit
1942-1945, 745, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Service Years
1942 - 1945

Staff Sergeant


One Service Stripe



Five Overseas Service Bars


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Home State
West Virginia
West Virginia
Year of Birth
1923
 
This Military Service Page was created/owned by LTC Roger Gaines (Army Chief Admin) to remember Powers, Darrell ("Shifty"), S/Sgt.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Clinchco

Date of Passing
Jun 17, 2009
 
Location of Interment
Temple Hill Cemetery - Castlewood, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

101st Airbone Division Belgian Fourragere Infantry Shoulder Cord Netherlands Orange Lanyard

Honorably Discharged WW II Meritorious Unit Commendation 1944-1961 French Fourragere


 Unofficial Badges 

Airborne




 Additional Information
Last Known Activity

E Company (3rd Platoon), 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.
 "currahee!"



Darrell Cecil "Shifty"Powers was born in Clinchco, Dickenson County, Virginia and volunteered for the paratroopers with his good friend, "Popeye" Wynn. Shifty spent a great deal of time in the outdoors hunting game prior to joining the service. This would later prove useful as many of the skills he obtained helped him as a soldier.

Powers jumped into Normandy on D-Day, missing his drop zone. He eventually came in contact with Floyd Talbert and the two made their way to Easy Company. He participated in the assault of Carentan and every major battle Easy Co. was involved with until the end of the war. He was considered by many to be the best shot in the company.

Powers, a United States Army paratrooper and sharpshooter, belonged to Easy Company, part of the legendary 101st Airborne Division. He recalled a bitterly cold day in the Ardennes when he was able to draw down on a German sniper, sighting his target by the misty cloud of the man's breath. He killed him with one shot.

"Right there," he said, touching his forehead. "Between the eyes."

Because many men serving in the 101st lacked the minimum points required to return home, a lottery was put in place. Shifty Powers won this lottery and was set to return stateside. During the trip to the airfield, the vehicle Shifty was in was involved in an accident and Shifty was badly injured. He spent many months recuperating in hospitals overseas while his comrades in arms arrived home long before he did.

Darrell "Shifty" Powers was portrayed in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers by Peter Youngblood Hills and appears in all 10 episodes.

He is listed as one of 20 men from Easy Company who contributed to the 2009 book We Who Are Alive and Remain: untold stories from the Band of Brothers, published by Penguin/Berkley-Caliber.

"Shifty" Powers died June 17, 2009, of natural causes in Dickenson County, Virginia

   
Other Comments:

AWARDS:
-Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award
-Combat Jump Wings 3 Combat Jumps
-Bronze Star (2
-American Campaign Medal
-European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/Arrow Head and 4 Campaign Stars
-World War II Victory Medal
-Presidential Unit Citation w/2 Palms

MOS: 745
ASN: 13066266
4 years of high school
Semiskilled machine shop and related occupations, n.e.c.
Single, without dependents
Enlisted in RICHMOND VIRGINIA , Infantry
Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of the United States under Army Regulations 605-10

 

His nick name is Shifty, and was a most amazing man. Even as a child Shifty would shine shoes so we would have money for 22 shells. He said he became such a good shot he could throw a coin and hit it, and thats probably true! He lived and worked in Norfolk, VA with "popeye" Wynn and they both signed up to the Paratroopers together. He went to Airborne school at Toccoa, GA and was placed in Easy Company, the best company in all the 101st. At Toccoa he was push, along with all the other men, doing the "three miles up, three miles down" run on currahee and doing countless marches and upon completion they would have to empty their canteens. The bond that Shifty and the other men had was one that most people will never have or understand, the men of Easy were beyond brothers! Shifty Powers made it thought the war Shifty has been and will always be an amazing Hero!

   
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   1942-1945, 745, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)

Staff Sergeant
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Rank
Staff Sergeant
MOS
745-Rifleman
Location
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Country/State
Belgium
 
 
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 E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR) Details

E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Type
Infantry Unit
Existing/Disbanded
Existing
Parent Unit
2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)
Strength
Company
Created/Owned By
Not Specified
   

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2011
   
Memories For This Unit

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My Photos For This Unit
Shify's Medal Display
48 Members Also There at Same Time
E Company

Evans, William S., 1st Sgt, (1942-1944) IN 745 First Sergeant
Malarkey, Donald, T/Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Technical Sergeant
Alley, Jr, James, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Guarnere, William, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
McClung, Earl, S/Sgt, (1943-1954) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Shames, Edwards, COL, (1942-1962) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Strohl, Roderick, S/Sgt, (1941-1945) IN 745 Staff Sergeant
Carson, Gordon, Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Guth, Forrest, Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Muck, Warren, Sgt IN 745 Sergeant
Randleman, Denver, S/Sgt, (1942-1945) IN 745 Sergeant
Perconte, Frank, T/4, (1942-1945) IN 745 Technician Fourth Grade
Bond, Donald, Cpl, (1944-1947) IN 745 Corporal
Hoobler, Donald, Cpl, (1942-1945) IN 745 Corporal
Bain, Roderick, T/5, (1942-1945) IN 745 Technician Fifth Grade
Clark, Maxwell, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Eggert, Walter, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Freeman, Bradford, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Joint, Edward, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Lyall, Clarence Odell, MSG, (1942-1959) IN 745 Private First Class
Mauser, Edward, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
Blithe, Albert, MSG, (1942-1967) IN 745 Private
Bloser, Robert J., Pvt, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private
Cobb, Roy, Pvt, (1934-1945) IN 745 Private
Heffron, Edward James, PFC, (1942-1945) IN 745 Private
Smith, Robert Burr, LTC, (1939-1979) IN 604 Sergeant
West, Daniel, PFC, (1939-1945) IN 604 Private First Class
Speirs, Ronald C. (Sparky), LTC, (1942-1966) IN 1542 Captain
Compton, Lynn, 1LT, (1943-1946) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Sobel, Herbert M., Sr., LTC, (1940-1960) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Gates, Roy, 2LT, (1943-1946) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Shames, Edwards, COL, (1942-1962) MI 9668 Second Lieutenant
Rodgers, Clifford, Cpl, (1942-1945) SC 121 Corporal
Rodgers, Clifford, Cpl, (1942-1945) SC 121 Corporal
Roe, Sr, Eugene, T/5, (1942-1945) MD 657 Technician Fifth Grade
Lavenson, George, 1LT, (1941-1944) IN First Lieutenant
Matheson, Salve H., MG, (1942-1975) Captain
West, Daniel Private First Class
2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR)

Dean, Leland A, PFC, (1939-1945) IN 745 Private First Class
E Company

Lipton, Clifton Carwood, 1LT, (1942-1954) IN 11B10 Private
HHC

Tindall, Leslie Floyd, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Tindall, Leslie Floyd, PFC, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private First Class
Bloser, Robert J., Pvt, (1942-1944) IN 745 Private
Garland, Dennis, Pvt, (1943-1945) IN 745 Private
Evans, Richard L., PFC, (1943-1945) IN 604 Private First Class
Gross, Jerre S., CPT, (1941-1944) IN 1542 Captain
Speirs, Ronald C. (Sparky), LTC, (1942-1966) IN 1542 First Lieutenant
Mathews, Robert Lester, 2LT, (1940-1944) IN 1542 Second Lieutenant
Rhinehart, Charles E., T/4, (1942-1945) MD 858 Technician Fourth Grade
Roe, Eugene Gilbert, T/4, (1942-1945) MD 673 Technician Fourth Grade
Lyall, Clarence Odell, MSG, (1942-1959) EN 564 Private First Class
Paterson, Adolf, 2LT, (1942-1952) IN Second Lieutenant
Matheson, Salve H., MG, (1942-1975) Major
Winters, Richard, MAJ, (1941-1953) Captain
Tuck, Andrew Edward III, 1LT, (1942-1945) First Lieutenant
Winters, Richard, MAJ, (1941-1953) First Lieutenant

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