A Hero Not Welcome

Assigned Reading: Local WWII Vet Fights Homeowners Association
(FROM: wtvr.com)

From what I’m hearing from friends and acquaintances on the Virginia coast, this story is everywhere, and was even before it was picked up in prominence on The Drudge Report. As well as it should be. I mean, this is your quintessential American hero, and when the family is quoted in the piece as saying that Colonel Van Barfoot is “the most decorated combat veteran alive,” they mean it.

For your reading pleasure, and your astonishment, here is Col. Barfoot’s Medal of Honor citation:

  • Rank and organization: Second Lieutenant, U.S. Army, 157th Infantry, 45th Infantry Division.
  • Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 23 May 1944.
  • Entered service at: Carthage, Miss.
  • Birth: Edinburg, Miss.
  • G.O. No.: 79, 4 October 1944.

Citation:

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.

The dispute in question is over Col. Barfoot’s placement of a flagpole in his yard in the HOA development. The association, it seems, wants to rationalize their decision by saying that it’s not the flag which is unwelcome, but the flagpole. While I understand some HOA regulations, here’s the thing on this one — people like Col. Barfoot are the reason that the flags flying in developments like Sussex Square show the Red, White and Blue and not some combination of red, white and black.

By the time this whole debate is over and done with, the association should not only permit him to keep the flagpole, but they should rename the entire development in his honor.

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  1. Gail B says:

    OUTRAGEOUS! Absolutely OUTRAGEOUS!

    It wouldn't surprise me if everybody in the United States called and/or wrote to the legal representative of the homeowners association.

    Instead of taking the stand the association has, the association should allow him to live there at no cost, let him fly his flag on his own pole, and — yes!– rename the place in his honor. Otherwise, I hope EVERYBODY moves out!

    I was glad to see that his Congressmen stepped up to the plate on his behalf.

  2. William A. Rose says:

    Yep. Rename the entire development in his name AND

    Give him free rent (if applicable) for life as well as eliminating association dues or any other fees.

    This man is a real hero and has EARNED so much more than even that little bit.

    The growing anti-American sentiment and utter disdain for our veterans just blows my mind.

  3. John Feeny says:

    My God.

  4. Boston Blackie says:

    This is what happens when fewer and fewer Americans are actual veterans. These people are shameful.
    It is an absolute disgrace how veterans are treated in this country.

  5. Amy says:

    I absolutely loathe HOA's. I wish there were a way to put an end to them everywhere. They have far too much power. Plus, there are already local laws to take care of things.

    That's the problem when you give any group or individual too much control. Their position becomes a way to force feed their opinions and belief systems down everyone else's throats.

  6. Boston Blackie says:

    "That's the problem when you give any group or individual too much control. Their position becomes a way to force feed their opinions and belief systems down everyone else's throats."

    Amy – You just described the current WH and Congress.

  7. Jan says:

    From the bottom of my heart, thank you Col. Barfoot for your service.

    Because of your actions so many years ago you secured the right of these morons to oppose the placing of a flag pole in your yard. When that great flag is flying on your pole, in your yard please be sure to post it on uTube so that it may go viral. Well done good and faithful servant.

  8. Anonymous says:

    The homeowner's association has rules; they're right there for you to read before you buy a home in that neighborhood. And now we've made a national issue out of the fact that a veteran decided the rules didn't apply to him.
    I would certainly expect that a veteran would have the decency and honor to abide by the agreement he made when he assumed ownership of his property inside a community with a homeowner's agreement.
    I certainly don't think there's any reason to believe that the homeowner's association's attempt to apply their rules fairly is anything unpatriotic; they're following the rules.
    Not everything is an affront to American liberty.

  9. GATOR-1 says:

    Gail said….

    "Instead of taking the stand the association has, the association should allow him to live there at no cost, let him fly his flag on his own pole, and — yes!– rename the place in his honor. Otherwise, I hope EVERYBODY moves out!"

    Ya took the words and thoughts right out of my head Ms Gail!

    BLESSINGS PATRIOTS

  10. SimpleSwine says:

    Yes, the HOA has rules… but one of them is NOT banning the Flag pole…
    "The homeowner's association doesn't explicitly forbid flagpoles but they must be "aesthetically appropriate""
    That is from the link Jeff provided.

    Somebody owes that Vet an apology, an anon needs to get informed before so quickly disparaging a Vet… yes, I know, you support the Troops… well, as a former Troop, please stop, support like that is part of the problem.

  11. Gail B says:

    Could someone explain the difference between an aesthetically appropriate flagpole and one that is not aesthetically appropriate?

    I mean, think about it! Is this incredibly patriotic, decorated, and awarded veteran going to fly his beloved United States Flag on a tree limb stuck in the ground or on WHAT?

    Save your Confederate money, boys; the South just might rise again over this!

  12. Amy says:

    "The homeowner's association has rules; they're right there for you to read before you buy a home in that neighborhood. And now we've made a national issue out of the fact that a veteran decided the rules didn't apply to him."

    Yes, HOA's have rules. However, they are wide open to different interpretations depending on who is in charge.

    Ban all HOA's in my opinion. They're an unneccessary evil.

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