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PostSubject: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Sun Nov 14, 2010 12:59 pm

Remember the Guy that Wouldn't take the Flag down



On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg , Tx -- 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 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.
Van T. Barfoot

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.


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 last week 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.


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.



"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.

Van T. Barfoot's Medal of Honor citation:
Medal of Honor
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:

"For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond
the call of duty on 23 May 1944, near Carano , Italy . With his platoon heavily
engaged during an assault against forces well entrenched on commanding
ground, 2d Lt. Barfoot moved off alone upon the enemy left flank. He crawled
to the proximity of 1 machinegun nest and made a direct hit on it with a hand
grenade, killing 2 and wounding 3 Germans. He continued along the German
defense line to another machinegun emplacement, and with his tommygun
killed 2 and captured 3 soldiers. Members of another enemy machinegun crew
then abandoned their position and gave themselves up to Sgt. Barfoot. Leaving
the prisoners for his support squad to pick up, he proceeded to mop up positions
in the immediate area, capturing more prisoners and bringing his total count to
17. Later that day, after he had reorganized his men and consolidated the newly
captured ground, the enemy launched a fierce armored counterattack directly at
his platoon positions. Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed
position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks. From a distance of 75
yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it,
while the other 2 changed direction toward the flank. As the crew of the disabled
tank dismounted, Sgt. Barfoot killed 3 of them with his tommygun. He continued
onward into enemy terrain and destroyed a recently abandoned German
fieldpiece with a demolition charge placed in the breech. While returning to his
platoon position, Sgt. Barfoot, though greatly fatigued by his Herculean efforts,
assisted 2 of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety.
Sgt. Barfoot's extraordinary heroism, demonstration of magnificent valor, and
aggressive determination in the face of point blank fire are a perpetual
inspiration to his fellow soldiers."

Col. Van T. Barfoot


WE LIVE IN THE LAND OF THE FREE, ONLY BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE!
IN GOD WE TRUST


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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Sun Nov 14, 2010 7:08 pm

I say let him fly the flag any damn way he wants to! If the HOA has a problem with that, they need to review how they got the right to exist!!! Maybe after that consideration they will rethink what their position really ought to be!!! I hate HOA's!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Mon Nov 15, 2010 9:41 am

I agree 100%. IMO this gentleman can do whatever he wants to do.
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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:18 pm

Let me think about this! OK! I have and the score card reads Barfoot = 1, HOA = 0!!! LMAO!!! I don't think they want to contest this any further!! Wish he was in my neck of the woods and I wold take this on for nothing!!! He would fly his flag anytime anywhere any way he wanted to!!! Don't you just love the Liberturds and Demoncraps!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Mon Nov 15, 2010 1:33 pm

These HOA are just full of a bunch of Napolean wannabes, they're laughable. They want to control every blade of grass within the development. I found myself in one of them a few years ago and as soon as I discovered what it was we moved. affraid affraid affraid
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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Tue Nov 16, 2010 3:21 pm

There was one here in Texas last year that foreclosed on the property based on a dispute with the owner over a fee assessment of some kind but it was next to nothing! Something like $75 or so! They pushed it and the guy would not pay it and they started foreclosure proceedings. The legislature got hold of it and I think there may be some bills filed this session that will begin to limit the HOA's authority and in effect will slow them down. I am ready to see that.

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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Tue Nov 16, 2010 4:27 pm

Any man that did what he did, warrents the right to fly Old Glory on any sized pole that he wishes,and the HOA should pay for the erection of said pole. Unbeleivable.
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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Wed Nov 17, 2010 10:05 am

Yes, I agree, but that right is extended to every citizen of this country. I fly my flag every day of the year.
The history of how HOA's came about is quite interesting and explains why they have the power they have. Think politicians with their hands out and land developers with money to spend and you'll figure it out.
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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:49 pm

Yea I guess there is nothing to figure out when those to groups are in the mix.
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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:16 pm

They have pretty much free reign and can do whatever they vote in their group to do. It is not always the right thing but there is little to stop them with unless they are not following their own rules. That is where most fail because they have nobody in their group smart enough to follow their own written rules!

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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Wed Nov 17, 2010 2:44 pm

Go figure, a rudderless ship.
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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Wed Nov 17, 2010 3:37 pm

Totally out of control!!! LMAO!!

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PostSubject: Re: Remember the guy who wouldn't take down his flag?   Thu Nov 18, 2010 1:19 pm

It's UnAmerican
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