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Posted: 02-Dec-2009, 06:41 PM
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This is not a political discussion.

It is a discussion of whether or not he has earned the right to fly the American flag.

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Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor winner, is under the gun from his Henrico County community's homeowner association.

In a five-paragraph letter to Barfoot that he received yesterday, Barfoot is being ordered to remove a flagpole from his yard. The decorated veteran of three wars, now 90 years old, raises the American flag every morning on the pole, then lowers and folds the flag at dusk each day in a three-corner military fashion.
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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 (then Tech. Sgt.) 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 pointblank fire are a perpetual inspiration to his fellow soldiers.


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Posted: 02-Dec-2009, 07:19 PM
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DAMN STRAIGHT he has!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Not only him, but any other American has the right to fly our flag. If 35-55 MPH winds weren't the norm here, I'd fly it every day!


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Thank you for bringing this wonderful person to our attention!!!!! Since you specified that this is not a political question but asked if he earned the right to fly the flag I have to say no. If he had never done any of those heroic acts he still has the right to fly the American flag. I do not take away the honor or glory that he deserves but we shouldn't take away the honor of flying our flag either.

It makes me ashamed that I have not participated in the privilege, yet.

I think the Home Owners Association should create a park with a flag pole included in his honor.

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Posted: 02-Dec-2009, 11:39 PM
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I think medal of honor winners should be able to do pretty much whatever they want!

This isn't about him flying the flag however, it is about his flagpole. He is allowed to have a mount on his garage or house or porch, just not the freestanding flagpole. That being said, I go with my first statement. He should get to do what he wants with it.


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Posted: 06-Dec-2009, 02:16 AM
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He has more than earned the right but any citizen also has the right. Anyone that says otherwise needs their head examined.
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He gets to keep his flag. It should have never been an issue.

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RICHMOND, Va. (Dec. 9) -- A 90-year-old Medal of Honor winner can keep his 21-foot flagpole in his front yard after a homeowners association dropped its request to remove it, a spokesman for Democratic Virginia Sen. Mark Warner said Tuesday.

The Sussex Square homeowners association likewise has agreed to drop threats to take legal action against retired Army Col. Van T. Barfoot, Warner spokesman Kevin Hall said.
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Posted: 17-Dec-2009, 01:16 PM
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I'm glad to see the homeowners association saw reason on this one, but making it an issue about being able to fly a flag or not is sensationalism and false. That was never an issue. It was the pole, not the flag.


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QUOTE (oldraven @ 17-Dec-2009, 11:16 AM)
I'm glad to see the homeowners association saw reason on this one, but making it an issue about being able to fly a flag or not is sensationalism and false. That was never an issue. It was the pole, not the flag.



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