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    Col. Van Barfoot, Medal of Honor recipient, dies at 92
    Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch

    Van Thomas Barfoot, a retired Army colonel and World War II Medal of Honor recipient who gained national attention in his fight to keep the U.S. flag flying in his front yard, died Friday in a Henrico County hospital.

    In 2009, Col. Barfoot made headlines after he erected a 21-foot flagpole at his Sussex Square residence without the permission of his homeowners association. The association, which allowed flags to be flown on angled poles attached to houses, ordered it removed and threatened legal action when he refused.

    The ensuing furor drew the support of two senators, a former Virginia governor, other leaders and veterans before the association backed down. (The Richmond Times fails to mention that the Obama White House also supported Mr. Barfoot)

    "Col. Barfoot was a remarkable man who demonstrated tremendous bravery in military service to his country during three wars," said Sen. Mark R. Warner, D-Va.

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    During an action that left his squad isolated and communications cut off, he advanced alone on May 23 through the minefield, crawling to a German machine gun nest, which he destroyed with a hand grenade. He took out another machine gun nest with his machine gun and received the surrender of a third German machine gun crew.

    Later that day, he borrowed a bazooka and "took up an exposed position directly in front of three advancing Mark VI tanks," his Medal of Honor citation says. "From a distance of 75 yards his first shot destroyed the track of the leading tank, effectively disabling it, while the other two changed direction toward the flank.

    "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 two of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety."

    During his efforts, he had killed eight and captured 17 German soldiers.
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    2. RIP, Colonel

    ..and for the record, I think winners of this nation's highest decoration for valor should be able to fly flags anywhere they please.
    Tom Ripley (521 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore

    3. That was a man

    Rest In Peace
    Tuesday Afternoon (34,356 posts) Profile Journal Send DU Mail Ignore

    7. May he rest in peace

    Kinda nice when you see something at DU that doesn't fill you with disgust. Granted, it's still early in the morning, so the scumbags may still be snug in their bed.
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    In hockey, it means you have to sit in the penalty box for five minutes.
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    Godspeed Col.

    Funny thing is that if you asked him while he was alive probably didnt think himself a hero.
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