Sunday, July 8, 2018

Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Van T Barfoot died...

Hat Tip: navypatriot and Suzanne Eovaldi

Ed. For who have never experienced the arrogance—indeed the HUBRIS—of Homeowners' Associations or the contempt of these groups for anyone who refuses to humbly bow to their will, the following story is a peach.

How can ANY Association believe it wise to take a nationally reported stand against the flying of an American flag by a 90 year old winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor?


The following article appeared in the ReadReaderApp on July 5th

By Paul Schmehl

Yes. 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 the news back then.


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.
Van T. Barfoot
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.
German Panzer

Barfoot with the CMH
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.
And the Homeowner's Assn wants to fight with THIS guy?
"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.
Congressional Medal of Honor


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