Thursday, December 03, 2009

Seems Like a Bad Idea......
To be messin' with a guy like this.

Medal of Honor Recipient Ordered to Remove Flagpole

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

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch-

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."

OK. This guy may be 90 years old, but does it seem like a good idea to f**k with a guy like that? Somehow I gotta wonder how much of a threat, " actions, Blah, Blah, Blah..." would worry a guy with a Medal of Honor citation like this-

"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."

All in a days work for a Hero.

This is a good example of the coddled types in the HOA not recognizing the type of man it takes to earn a Medal Of Honor. They do not just give those things away ya know.

Their horseshit legal actions do present an opportunity for "The law of unintended consequences" to bite them on the asses and it would be nice to see some Swift Western Justice administered to these assholes.

The good Colonel is probably too good a man to present them and their lawyers the response they deserve.

But you never know. Maybe he's got a few "Army Surplus Items" still laying around.

H/T-Doug Ross

Gratuitous Picture for Today-
My guess is that this sign would not meet the HOA guidelines either.


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