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    In Memory Of Van T. Barfoot deceased..

    Thought you might appreciate this notice in case you missed it...

    Van T Barfoot died... (2012)
    Remember the Guy who wouldn't take The flag pole Down on his Virginia Property a
    While back? You might Remember the news story several Months ago About a crotchety old man in
    Virginia who Defied his local Homeowners Association, And refused to take down the
    Flag pole on His property along with the large
    American flag He flew on it.
    Now we learn Who that old man was.
    On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in
    Edinburg, Texas . That probably didn't make
    News back Then.

    But Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, Near Carano , Italy ,
    That same Van T. Barfoot,
    Who had in 1940 enlisted in the U.S. Army, set
    Out alone to Flank German machine gun
    Positions From which gunfire was raining
    Down on his Fellow soldiers.
    His advance Took him through a minefield but
    Having done So, he proceeded to single-handedly
    Take out Three enemy machine gun positions,
    Returning With 17 prisoners of war.

    And if that Weren't enough for a day's work, he
    Later Took on and Destroyed three German tanks
    Sent to Retake the machine gun positions.

    That probably Didn't make much news either,
    Given the Scope of the war, but it did earn
    Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a Colonel after
    Also serving In Korea and Vietnam , a well
    Deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.

    What did make News...Was his Neighborhood
    Association's Quibble with how the 90-year-old
    Veteran chose To fly the American flag outside
    His suburban Virginia home. Seems the HOA rules Said it was OK to fly a flag on a house-mounted Bracket, but, For decorum, items such as Barfoot's 21-foot
    Flagpole were "unsuitable".

    Van Barfoot Had been denied a permit for
    The pole, but Erected it anyway and was facing
    Court action Unless he agreed to take it down.

    Then the HOA Story made national TV,
    And the Neighborhood Association rethought
    Its position And agreed to indulge this
    Aging hero Who dwelt among them.

    "In the Time I have left", he said to the
    Associated Press, "I plan to continue
    To fly the American flag without interference."

    As Well he should.
    And if any of his neighbors had taken a Notion to Contest him Further, they might have done well to Read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it Indicates Mr. Van Barfoot wasn't
    Particularly Good at Backing down.


    It is indeed refreshing to give recognition to ones patriotism, instead of some supercilious un-American twits like the 'squad!'
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    RIP Colonel and may you rest in the arms of Jesus.

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