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 HOAStory 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.
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