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A True American Hero
May he Rest In Peace
This makes you proud to be an American!
 

 


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

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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.
 

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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 well deserved Congressional Medal of Honor.
 

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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".
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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"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.
 

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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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Article from the Washington Post

Van T. Barfoot, Va. Medal of Honor recipient who won battle to fly flag in front yard, dies at 92

  By T. Rees Shapiro,March 05, 2012

Retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, who received the Medal of Honor during World War II and decades later drew national attention when he fought successfully against his homeowners association to keep a flagpole flying the Stars and Stripes in his front yard, died March 2 at a hospital in Richmond. He was 92.


He had complications from a fall, said his daughter Margaret Nicholls.

Col. Barfoot grew up on a Mississippi cotton plantation before enlisting in the Army infantry in 1940. By the end of his career in 1974, he had served in three wars and received the military’s highest award for valor — the Medal of Honor — for leading an assault on German troops during World War II.
 

 

 
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 MY butt kicked! Do the right thing!

WE ONLY LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE! AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN LIKE VAN BARFOOT!
 

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