"Yes," Shifty replied. "And it's real sad, because these days so few of the guys are left, and those that are, lots of them can't make the trip."
Shifty died shortly after their meeting, and Pfeifer noted that unlike the death of rock stars, there was no great tribute at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for Shifty.
That led to an online memorial for this hero.
But Shifty was remembered, not only as part of Ambrose's book and TV show about Easy Company, but in two subsequent books by Marcus Brotherton, including an authorized biography.
The people who should be remembered - whose stories need to be heard - are those reluctant warriors who are still among us.
Every day in the Charleston Daily Mail there are obituaries for men who were drafted or volunteered for service not only in World War II, but in Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War, Iraq and Afghanistan.
They are reluctant to tell their stories because reliving combat experiences can be painful, but they are all around us every day.
But today is the day to remember the men and women who died in combat and those combat veterans who died years later as the result of service to their fellow Americans.
It is also the time to ask Grandpa about the Battle of Khe Sanh.
His Band of Brothers learned a lot, and their stories can provide a cautionary tale for this generation as well.
Failure to maintain a national defense, and failure to confront looming threats early, carries a high price for those who eventually must answer the call.