Remembering a Hero

Remember the guy who wouldn’t take his flag down?
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Van T. Barfoot died at the age of 92 on 2 March 2012.

 

You might remember a news story several months ago about a crotchety old man who defied his homeowners association and refused to take down the flagpole on his property and the large flag that flew on it. Now you can find out who, exactly, that old man was.

On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg — probably
didn’t make much news back then. Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano , Italy , Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the US Army in 1940, set out to flank German machine gun positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow soldiers. He advanced through a minefield, 
took out three enemy machine gun positions and returned with 17 prisoners of war.
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If that wasn’t enough for a day’s work, he later took on and destroyed three German tanks sent to retake the machine gun positions.


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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 Congressional Medal of Honor.
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What did make news was a neighborhood association’s quibble with
how the 90-year-old veteran chose to fly the American flag
outside 
his suburban Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be flown on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum, items such as Barfoot’s 21-foot flagpole were unsuitable.
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He had been denied a permit for the pole, erected it anyway and
was 
facing court action if he didn’t take it down. Since the story made national TV, the neighborhood association has rethought its position and agreed to indulge this old hero who dwells among
them.
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“In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly the American flag
without 
interference,” Barfoot told The Associated Press. As well he
should. 
And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to contest him, they might want to read his Medal of Honor citation. It indicates he’s not real good at backing down.
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Van T.
Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation:
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This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry:
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WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE…BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE! AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!
Obviously he is not related to anybody in congress!~!! 

Van T. Barfoot died at the age of 92 on 2 March 2012.

 
My guess is there won’t be any White House acknowledgement of this hero’s accomplishments or death either…

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