A very special person

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  1. 2hot2handle

    2hot2handle Member

    Edit: This has been done before. Waiting for mod to delete. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

    I haven't seen this posted yet. It's an email forward I received.
    Published: Sunday, December 13, 2009

    Head east from Carthage on Mississippi

    16 toward Philadelphia . After a few
    miles a sign says you're in Edinburg . It's

    a good thing the sign's there, because
    there's no other way to tell.

    On June 15, 1919, Van T. Barfoot was born in Edinburg --

    probably didn't make much news back then.

    Twenty-five years later, on May 23, 1944, near Carano , Italy ,

    Van T. Barfoot, who had enlisted in the Army in 1940, set

    out to flank German machine gun
    positions from which fire was coming down on his fellow

    soldiers. He advanced through a minefield, took out three

    enemy machine gun positions and returned
    with 17 prisoners of war.

    If that wasn't enough for a day's work,

    he later took on and destroyed three
    German tanks sent to retake the machine

    gun positions.

    That probably didn't make much news either,

    given the scope of the war, but it
    did earn Van T. Barfoot, who retired as a

    colonel after also serving in Korea and
    Vietnam, a Congressional Medal of Honor.

    What did make news last week was a neighborhood

    association's quibble with how the 90-year-old veteran

    chose to fly the American flag outside his suburban

    Virginia home. Seems the rules said a flag could be

    flown on a house-mounted bracket, but, for decorum,

    items such as Barfoot's 21-foot flagpole were

    He had been denied a permit for the pole,

    erected it anyway and was facing court action

    if he didn't take it down. Since the story made

    national TV, the neighborhood association has

    rethought its position and agreed to indulge

    this old hero who dwells among them.

    "In the time I have left I plan to continue to fly

    the American flag without
    interference," Barfoot told The Associated


    As well he should.

    And if any of his neighbors still takes a notion to

    contest him, they might want to
    read his Medal of Honor citation. It indicates he's

    not real good at backing down.

    Van T. Barfoot's Medal of Honor citation:

    This 1944 Medal of Honor citation, listed with the National Medal of Honor
    Society, is for Second Lieutenant Van T. Barfoot, 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 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 point blank fire are a perpetual
    inspiration to his fellow soldiers."

    If you got this email and didn't pass it on -

    guess what - you deserve to get your

    butt kicked! I sent this to you, because

    I didn't want to get my butt kicked.



    Last edited: Jun 11, 2010
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    We had quite a discussion on this when it occurred. The association was deluged by irate Citizens and the public was outraged.

  3. 2hot2handle

    2hot2handle Member

    alright, then can a mod do me a favor and lock her up? sorry folks :eek:
  4. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

    It's fine 2hot. It serves as a reminder to honor our veterans and a rebuke to those who don't.
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