Great

Van T Barfoot 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

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.

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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 hisNeighborhood

Association’s
Quibblewith 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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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!

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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