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I cherish the memory of a question my grandson asked me the other day, when he said: ‘Grandpa, were you a hero in the war?’ Grandpa said, “No. But I served in a company of heroes.”

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Gilove2dance’s Over 300 Followers Giveaway That Coincides With Her Return From Normandy

So I brought a bunch of extra 8x10 photographs to Normandy in the hopes of getting them signed so I could give them to people who couldn’t go.  I was so fortunate to have been able to go and I wanted other people to get the chance to have a little piece of that. So this is up for grabs:

  • George Luz picture - signed by Rick Gomez
  • Bill Guarnere picture - signed by Frank John Hughes
  • Frank Perconte picture - signed by James Madio
  • Shifty Powers picture - signed by Peter Youngblood Hills
  • Babe Heffron picture - signed by Robin Laing
  • Eugene Roe picture - Shane Taylor was unable to attend
  • David Webster picture - Eion Bailey cancelled
  • 2 Don Malarkey pictures - Scott Grimes cancelled
  • Dick Winters and other officers picture - printed in the hopes Damian Lewis would be a surprise guest…which he wasn’t :P

RULES

  • You DO NOT have to be following me…but it would be nice :P
  • Reblogs AND likes count
  • NO giveaway blogs can win
  • I will ship anywhere in the world (no tracking or express unless you are willing to pay as there will be a lot to send out)
  • Randomly selected (with a random number generator) winners will be contacted on June 23rd

WHAT YOU WIN

  • First Prize: First pick of the autographed pictures and first pick of TWO of the unsigned pictures
  • Second Prize: Second pick of the autographed pictures and second pick of one of the unsigned pictures
  • Third Prize: Third pick of the autographed pictures and third pick of one of the unsigned pictures
  • Fourth Prize: Fourth pick of the autographed pictures and the last unsigned picture
  • Fifth Prize: The last autographed picture

Good luck everyone! I wish I could send everyone something…but we were only allowed so many autographs per person.

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He was an excellent shot, as well as an excellent friend. On patrols, he knew exactly what he was doing—that’s why he was one of the very few old-timers in the company who was never wounded. He had the best ears of any man in the company. He could hear anything, including enemy sentries, better than most men, so he would often lead our patrols. Shifty Powers was a great man, one of the kindest people I’ve ever known.

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When there was a sniper, you sent Shifty in to take him out. Shifty was a damn good soldier in 3rd Platoon. He was from the mountains in Virginia, born and raised with a gun in his hand, not like us city slickers. He was like an Indian, lived off the ground, was very observant, was in tune to nature. He could pick out movement a mile away.

Bill Guarnere (Brothers in Battle, Best of Friends)