The Jim of the United States

90 Year Old Veteran Of Three Wars Told To Pound Sand

Posted by TheJOTUS on December 6, 2009

That’s right.  Col. Van T. Barfoot, who received the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in WWII, is being told that he needs to remove his flagpole from his yard or face fines and legal fees.  

Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor recipient, 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.

In a priority mail letter, the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond is ordering Barfoot to remove the pole by 5 p.m. Friday or face “legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you.” The letter states that Barfoot will be subject to paying all legal fees and costs in any successful legal proceeding pursued by the homeowner association’s board.

You have got to be kidding me.  I hope every single member of this homeowner association board gets cancer of the ass and rots from within.  This is so completely absurd it defies logic.  This isn’t some purple fucking pacer on the front lawn of some white trash jagoff.  This isn’t some broken down station wagon with four flat tires sitting in some driveway.  This is a United States veteran of three fucking wars with a flagpole in his front yard.  Oh, and he is 90.  90!!  His whole existence in life right now is to raise the flag of his country every morning and lower it every evening.  What’s this guy have left, two, three, maybe five years left on this planet? 


Apparently, there isn’t even a provision in the community’s rules banning flagpoles, yet these people still want to kick sand in this hero’s face.  And when I say hero, let’s see exactly what this guy did to earn his Medal of Honor:


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.

This guy fought in WWII, Korea and Vietnam.  Sometimes you make an exception because it is the right thing to do.

You can help this hero stand his ground here.


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