Following Story Submitted by John Doyle (Seabeejohn)
Van T Barfoot died... read on....
Remember the Guy who
wouldn't take The flag pole
You might Remember the news story several
Months ago About a crotchety old man in
Virginia who Defied his
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.
years later, on May 23,
Set Out alone to Flank
German machine gun Positions
His advance Took him through a minefield but
Having done So, he proceeded
to single-handedly Take out
And if that Weren't enough for a day's work, he Later
Took on and Destroyed three
German tanks Sent to
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
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 HOA Story 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.
Contest him Further, they might have done well to
Read his Medal of Honor citation first. Seems it
Indicates Mr. Van Barfoot
AND, BECAUSE OF OLD MEN
LIKE VAN BARFOOT!