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Van Barfoot Died

…always worth another look.
Van T Barefoot died…
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
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
Texas . That probably didn’t make
news back

twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944,
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
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,
with 17 prisoners of war.
And if that
weren’t enough for a day’s work,        he
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



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
Press, “I plan to continue
to fly the
American flag without interference.”
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.
Barfoot   wasn’t
good at
backing down.
If you got
this email and didn’t pass it on –
guess what –
you need your butt kicked
I sent this
to you, because I didn’t want MY butt kicked!


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