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Henrico Medal of Honor winner, 90, ordered to remove flagpole
Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/02/2009 | Staff Reports

Posted on 12/02/2009 11:39:47 AM PST by Restore America

Col. Van T. Barfoot, one of the country's last-surviving Medal of Honor winners, 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.

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Col. Van T. Barfoot, one of the country's last-surviving Medal of Honor winners, 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. Barfoot lives in the Sussex Square community in far western Henrico; its board of directors rejected a plea from Barfoot in July to approve the pole, disallowing the fixture on aesthetic grounds. There is no provision in the community's rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot's daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father's fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. Short flag stands attached to porches dot the community. "Dad sort of feels like this is the end," said Margaret Nicholls, Barfoot's daughter, who lives a few doors away. But she said this morning that she and her husband are attempting to generate support for her father's cause, a flag-raising rite that he has undertaken for most of his life. Barfoot received the Medal of Honor on the battlefield during World War II in Italy and fought as well in the Korean and Vietnam wars. A portion of a highway in rural Mississippi, his native state, was named in his honor this fall. A building at McGuire Veterans Hospital in Richmond also carries his name. Barfoot began regularly flying the flag on Veteran's Day this year despite the Sussex Square board's decision. He said in November that not flying the flag would be a sacrilege to him. "There's never been a day in my life or a place I've lived in my life that you couldn't fly the American flag," he said.
1 posted on 12/02/2009 11:39:48 AM PST by Restore America
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To: Restore America
its board of directors rejected a plea from Barfoot in July to approve the pole, disallowing the fixture on aesthetic grounds

Director faced with the sight of Old Glory: "It burrrnnnnss!! It burrrrrnnnnnssssss usssss!!"

2 posted on 12/02/2009 11:43:31 AM PST by steve-b (Intelligent Design -- "A Wizard Did It")
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To: Restore America

Keep fighting Mr. Barfoot.

Sincerely,
Your neighbor


3 posted on 12/02/2009 11:43:47 AM PST by VA_Gentleman ("Poor Al Gore. Global warming debunked by the Internet you invented." -Jon Stewart)
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To: Restore America

“There is no provision in the community’s rules expressly forbidding flagpoles, Barfoot’s daughter said. But she said the board ruled against her father’s fixture and ordered it removed in July, deciding that free-standing flag poles are not aesthetically appropriate. “

So the board of busybodies could just pull rules from some nether region.


4 posted on 12/02/2009 11:43:51 AM PST by Fred Hayek (From this point forward the Democratic Party will be referred to as the Communist Party)
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To: Restore America

Absolutely shameful...


5 posted on 12/02/2009 11:44:35 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: Restore America

“Barfoot received the Medal of Honor on the battlefield during World War II in Italy and fought as well in the Korean and Vietnam wars.”

Impressive


6 posted on 12/02/2009 11:45:07 AM PST by Jewbacca (The residents of Iroquois territory may not determine whether Jews may live in Jerusalem.)
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To: Restore America

He should build a minaret and then fly the flag from that! ;-)


7 posted on 12/02/2009 11:47:34 AM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: Restore America
Tell ‘em to pound sand Mr. Barfoot.

I'm willing to bet that thousands of real Americans would be willing to contribute to a legal defence fund if you were to set one up. I sure would.

8 posted on 12/02/2009 11:47:53 AM PST by smokingfrog (I'm from TEXAS -- what country are YOU from?)
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To: Fred Hayek

Wonder how many of the board members have statuettes in their yard?


9 posted on 12/02/2009 11:49:22 AM PST by UCANSEE2
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To: Restore America
I say "roll your dice", lawyer up, and let 'em go to court. If there is nothing in the covenant forbidding free-standing flagpoles then there is a chance the courts might find in his favor. And the negative publicity will do the homeowner's association no good at all, even if he loses.

At 90 years of age this is probably the last battle he can fight for Old Glory. Better still if he can find a patriotic lawyer to take his case pro bono.

10 posted on 12/02/2009 11:49:35 AM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: steve-b

If the HOA ‘s rules did not prohibit it and the HOA ruled against it after it was already installed; then it is an ex pose facto ruling and should not stand up in court.

My HOA did it to a coouple of our homeowners who had painted their decks.

Ever since, I have always felt like there should be a HOA season, just like deer season, but without a limit!


11 posted on 12/02/2009 11:50:41 AM PST by catman67
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To: Restore America

The HOA rules are a legal document. If there is no restriction on a flagpole, then I would tell them to go pound sand. If they take legal action, immediately file a countersuit for every damn stupid thing you can come up with, and stick it to ‘em.... he sounds like someone willing to fight fire with fire...


12 posted on 12/02/2009 11:51:18 AM PST by joe fonebone (I am racist, hear me roar....I don't give a crap anymore....)
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To: smokingfrog
Freeper Canteen ~ Hall of Heroes: Van Thomas Barfoot ~ 10 August 09
13 posted on 12/02/2009 11:51:21 AM PST by smokingfrog (I'm from TEXAS -- what country are YOU from?)
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To: Restore America
Even at age 90, my money is on the Colonel to stand up to a lousy board of directors. Any man that stands down three tanks, is one hell of a tough SOB:

Second Lieutenant Barfoot's official Medal of Honor citation reads:

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.[4]

14 posted on 12/02/2009 11:52:04 AM PST by Michael.SF. (At least Hitler got the Olympics for Germany)
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To: Restore America

If I lived near this man, I’d give him my full support in a physical presence.


15 posted on 12/02/2009 11:53:27 AM PST by wastedyears (You tell 'em I'm coming, and Hell's coming with me! - Wyatt Earp)
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To: smokingfrog

There are not enough raw adjectuives to describe a low life sorry piece of excrement who would order any Medal of Honor winner not to fly his flag ,no matter what he wishes to use as a flagpole.


16 posted on 12/02/2009 11:53:27 AM PST by Venturer
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To: smokingfrog

Put me down for 500... Somebody needs to organize something.

These clowns are delusional, and they don’t realize that this kind of nonsense won’t cut it anymore. Things have changed, it’s gonna be fun to watch! Hooah.


17 posted on 12/02/2009 11:53:41 AM PST by Freedom4US
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To: Fred Hayek
So the board of busybodies could just pull rules from some nether region.

Such is the nature of homeowners' associations

18 posted on 12/02/2009 11:55:53 AM PST by from occupied ga (Your most dangerous enemy is your own government,)
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To: Restore America

Just a little something that seems to always grate on me.

Why do “journalists” insist on staying with the premise that MoH awardees are/were in some type of competition by “winning” one?

They EARN them and are AWARDED them.

Other than that, stand true Mr. Barfoot.

SZ


19 posted on 12/02/2009 12:00:56 PM PST by SZonian (Beans, Bullets and Bandaids)
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To: Michael.SF.
Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks.

Good gravy, that's baddass.

20 posted on 12/02/2009 12:04:06 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: Restore America

http://www.coateslaw.com/CM/Custom/Contact.asp

send the lawyers a message


21 posted on 12/02/2009 12:05:20 PM PST by smokingfrog (I'm from TEXAS -- what country are YOU from?)
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To: Michael.SF.

Dayum! Perhaps the HOA should read that before they continue messing with him.

HOAs are evil and are inevitably filled with the petty control-freaks of the neighborhood. They are incompatible with liberty. YMMV.


22 posted on 12/02/2009 12:06:20 PM PST by tnlibertarian
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To: from occupied ga
Such is the nature of homeowners' associations

I would rather live in a dumpster than submit to a HOA. Really, I would.

23 posted on 12/02/2009 12:06:35 PM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: VA_Gentleman

I haven’t got much to donate, but could you ping me if you hear of a legal defense fund for Van T. Barfoot?

FRegards.


24 posted on 12/02/2009 12:06:49 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: Michael.SF.
Securing a bazooka, Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks.

Bears Repeating.

I'd have been busy changing my pants. Doubt that an "official letter" from some busybody HOA is going to phase this guy much.

25 posted on 12/02/2009 12:07:01 PM PST by wbill
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To: from occupied ga
Such is the nature of homeowners' associations

Which is why I refused to consider buying a home in one of these places. I've paid too big a price for my freedom to allow a bunch of busybodies micromanage my day-to-day life.

Maybe we ought to give him his Tommy Gun back and let him settle it that way. According to his citation, he sure knows how to use it.

26 posted on 12/02/2009 12:12:58 PM PST by Retired COB (Still mad about Campaign Finance Reform)
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To: wbill

This guy took on 3 Tiger tanks single-handed?

Usually it took 3-4 Shermans to knock one out (loosing 2-3 Shermans in the process)!

Where do we get such men?


27 posted on 12/02/2009 12:13:17 PM PST by catman67
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To: Restore America

Do we Mississippians have to augment the ANV again to keep the Democrats and Communists at bay again?


28 posted on 12/02/2009 12:15:34 PM PST by vetvetdoug (FUBO, a fashion statement for conservatives.)
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To: Restore America

Just earlier today, after reading an article about the war on Christmas mumbo-jumbo, I thought to myself, “What’s next, we won’t be able to fly the American flag?”

And here it is...


29 posted on 12/02/2009 12:17:26 PM PST by AnglePark
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To: Michael.SF.

Wow. He deserved about three Medals of Honor for all that. Amazing.


30 posted on 12/02/2009 12:19:42 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Michael.SF.

I suggest he do a re-enactment substituting HOA board members for the machine gun nests but that’s just a fantasy. Why do they want to take on Rambo?


31 posted on 12/02/2009 12:20:03 PM PST by NonValueAdded ("'Diversity' is one of those words designed to absolve you of the need to think." Mark Steyn)
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To: Restore America

Won’t allow the flagpole?

These bas***ds should not only allow it but PAY FOR IT!! In the America I remember there would be a neighborhood ceremony with the Colonel every night and we’d be damned proud to be there with him.


32 posted on 12/02/2009 12:20:24 PM PST by Tucsonican
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To: catman67
I think that the Mark IV was smaller than a Tiger.

Like it matters. When they were handing out Guts, this guy got an extra helping.

33 posted on 12/02/2009 12:20:28 PM PST by wbill
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To: catman67

And, actually, I just did a little homework. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panzer_IV

<P)I’ve seen one of these at the Tank Museum in Danville, VA and was surprised at how modern it looked.


34 posted on 12/02/2009 12:22:46 PM PST by wbill
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To: Restore America

to col. barfoot:
thank you for your service to this great country.
if these people continue to hassle you, simply look them in the eye and tell them that whichever one of them won the moh may take your flagpole down. that oughta shut ‘em up.


35 posted on 12/02/2009 12:26:52 PM PST by madamemayhem (defeat isn't getting knocked down, it's not getting back up)
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To: Retired COB

*Which is why I refused to consider buying a home in one of these places. I’ve paid too big a price for my freedom to allow a bunch of busybodies micromanage my day-to-day life.*

One wonders why this gentleman, who went to such great lenghts to kill Nazis, would willingly submit to live under such petty tyrants.

I would have bought land far away from other people, if I had made it through such an ordeal.


36 posted on 12/02/2009 12:32:35 PM PST by j-damn
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To: Restore America

Neighbors and relatives should take up a collection, hire an electrician, and install a dusk-activated spotlight on that flag so he can fly it day and night! This homeowners’ association stinks. Just stinks.

I have kin who were original settlers of Henrico Co. and a daughter and grandchildren who live there now. None of them would approve of this weasly HOA. They weren’t First Families of VA and Revolutionary War soldiers for nuthin’.


37 posted on 12/02/2009 12:32:57 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: steve-b

He should get enough real Americans in his association together and recall the damn board. Put some patriots in there. Or hang the flag from a pole on the side of the house or garage.


38 posted on 12/02/2009 12:36:10 PM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 70th Division
Or hang the flag from a pole on the side of the house or garage.

That misses the point. He should keep his flag pole. A 90 year old man in good shape can raise and lower a flag on a freestanding pole, but removing and replacing a flag on a stick on the side of your house takes real effort. (I have both types.) Besides, a flag on a pole is more dignified.

Where do these flag haters come from? I have friends with a cottage at a popular vacation area in Wisconsin. They put up a flag pole on the side of their house overlooking Lake Michigan. The neighbors had a fit but didn't want to confront our friend directly. SO, they got the Sec. of State of WI -- another neighbor (a Dem, of course) to ask my friends to move the pole into the woods where the complainers couldn't see it. Outrageous. BTW, the complainers are retired IL school teachers, so that shows you the state of public education around here. The flag still flies.

Go for it, Col. Barfoot! Fly your flag and don't back down for any of those weasels.

39 posted on 12/02/2009 12:47:31 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: afraidfortherepublic

And someone give him a Thompson.


40 posted on 12/02/2009 12:49:45 PM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: wbill

You misread the citation. He took on Mark VI (6) tanks, not Mark IV (4) tanks. The Mark VI is also known as the Tiger I, and was a huge mf’n tank, that mounted the devastating German 88mm gun.


41 posted on 12/02/2009 12:51:16 PM PST by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Restore America

Col. Barfoot, age 90. A beautiful man and a patriot.
42 posted on 12/02/2009 12:54:44 PM PST by afraidfortherepublic
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To: Little Pig
Ah, my bad. Thanks.

The Tigers *were* huge. As an aside, Tigers were how my Grandfather found out that the Germans had broken through at The Bulge.

He was scouting ahead for positions for his unit, came around a curve, and wound up nose-to-nose with one. Pop always said that the only thing that saved his life was that his jeep's driver was just a little bit faster than the tank's gunner. :-)

I suspect that either of them were change-your-shorts moments. I can't imagine facing down three. Alone. With only a bazooka.

43 posted on 12/02/2009 1:04:36 PM PST by wbill
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To: Restore America

If anyone learns of a defense fund, please post info and count this old Nam Vet in!


44 posted on 12/02/2009 1:05:23 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet ((One of ONLY 37 Conservatives in the People's Republic of Vermont. Socialists and Progressives All))
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To: Restore America

Get the American Legion and the VFW involved maybe they can help.


45 posted on 12/02/2009 1:05:45 PM PST by Rappini ("Pro deo et Patria.)
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To: catman67
We get such men from America ... and don't let the DBM and the rest of the liberals fool you. We still get them.

He achieved a mobility kill on one of the three, which is probably as much as was possible with a bazooka. In fact, if he was actually aiming at the track (which he hit) he was smart. No way would it have penetrated the frontal armour. The other two got away. Citation doesn't say what happened to them.

46 posted on 12/02/2009 1:06:49 PM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Michael.SF.
Sgt. Barfoot took up an exposed position directly in front of 3 advancing Mark VI tanks.

This man clanks when he walks and this HOA Board wants to take him on about a flagpole???? Hope I get to read how that didn't work out for them...

47 posted on 12/02/2009 1:12:11 PM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: steve-b

He needs to take down the flag pole and shove it right up the asses of the board members.Screw the unAmerican covenants.This does not even begin to convey how pissed I am.


48 posted on 12/02/2009 1:12:56 PM PST by HANG THE EXPENSE (Life is tough.It's tougher when you're stupid.)
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To: Restore America

The Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 may be of help to this fine American. In addition, someone may need to file a grievance against the lawyer for the homeowners’ association if he is asserting a frivolous claim, which seems likely. You have to return hardball with hardball with scum lawyers.


49 posted on 12/02/2009 1:17:47 PM PST by olrtex
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To: VA_Gentleman; Restore America
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20091112/NEWS01/911110355/Man-s-fight-against-HOA-to-fly-flag-ends-with-new-laws

I see this flag every day....sounds like California is ahead of the curve.

50 posted on 12/02/2009 1:19:18 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Obama is a DIC....... Ditherer-in-Chief)
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