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Van T. Barfoot: World War II Veteran

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You might remember a news story a few years ago (December, 2009) about a crotchety old man who defied his homeowners association and refused to take down the flagpole on his property and the large flag that flew on it.


Van T. Barfoot was a decorated World War II Veteran whose determination late into life, made National Headlines.


Van Thurman Barfoot passed away March 2, 2012. He was 92.


Rest in Peace, Colonel Barfoot!!


 



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Now you can find out who, exactly, that old man was.


On June 15, 1919,

Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg  -- 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 US 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.


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.


What did make news...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.

 





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R.I.P. Colonel Barfoot.


The property manager of the house we rent, when I asked permission to put up a flag (on a bracket), said to me,


"What kind of man would I be if I said you couldn't put up a flag?"


I thought that was an excellent answer.


Rated up because of the great story and this man's full life of contributions to the universe.




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R.I.P. Hero. Rest easy.

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Bunch of clowns. I would have been honored to have the man live near me.


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Rest easy now sir, a true warrior.

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Great story by the way I enjoyed.