Let’s stop flying the American flag on our homes. This shameful display of patriotism may not go with the décor dictated by a homeowners association. Or maybe worse, it may offend someone that illegally comes to this country. Or even worse yet, it may upset the big percentage of our population that is embarrassed of our propensity to spread freedom and our history of allowing individuals to rise above their station in life through hard work and education.
No, on second thought, let’s keep flying our flags and defy those that want to stop us.
Let’s start with the Sussex Square Homeowners Association near Richmond, Virginia. This is the group that wants to deny Van Barfoot the right to fly his flag.
Mr. Barfoot is a WWII veteran and Medal of Honor recipient. For the sake of the sniveling Sussex Square Homeowners Association leadership I would like to remind them why a real man wants to fly an American flag.
October 10, 1944
Name: Barfoot, Van T.
Rank: Second Lieutenant
Organization: US Army
Division: 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 (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.
Maybe instead of trying to stop him from raising Old Glory they should be out there helping Mr. Barfoot raise her every morning.
Thanks to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society for Col. Barfoot’s citation. www.cmohs.org.
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