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Darrell "Shifty" Powers

Darrell “Shifty” Powers, whose World War II Army unit was immortalized in the book Band of Brothers, was just 19 when he parachuted into German-occupied France with the 101st Airborne on D-Day, June 6 1944. Six months later, Powers and his brothers in Easy Company were embroiled in the Battle of the Bulge.  The Clinchco native served Easy Company as a sharpshooter earning two Bronze Stars, the Presidential Unit Citation, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Expert Rifleman Badge.   Band of Brothers author Steven Ambrose once called Powers “as good a soldier as there was in the 101st.” Powers completed his military service in 1945 and moved to California, where he worked as a machinist for a few years. He later returned to his hometown and took a job with Clinchfield Coal Company, where he was employed for 33 years.


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