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4 years 46 weeks ago, 9:31 PM

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These people and there lawyers should be drawn and quartered.
Col. Van T. Barfoot, a local Medal of Honor winner, 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.

For more on this story, see tomorrow's Richmond Times-Dispatch.

-- Bill McKelway

America is not at war. The U.S. Military is at war. America is at the Mall. If you don't stand behind our troops, PLEASE feel free to stand in front of them!
4 years 46 weeks ago, 11:05 PM

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is very mean of these people to treat this wonderful elderly veteran in such a way just for having a flag pole to put his flag up on everyday.
it make ryo sad to hear a story like this, demo it also make ryo very much anger too neh.

your friend alway,

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 12:26 AM

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Medal of Honor citation

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.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
4 years 46 weeks ago, 2:46 AM

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Why has this been allowed to happen. I know HOA's have power, ive heard all the horror storys, but this is sick. I bet Col. Barwood could make them pee thier pants if he wanted to..

a man has to hold his word, hold his beliefs, and hold a good sight picture.
4 years 46 weeks ago, 10:16 AM

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greg az

i read most of the comments following this story and this guy is going to get free legal help from several lawyers that are going to smother the HOA with paperwork,so thats good news for this gentleman.The city ought to pay more respect to him though.

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
4 years 46 weeks ago, 4:50 PM

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I need to make sure I understand this correctly. If you buy a house in a neighborhood with a HOA, you sign a contract agreeing to abide by its policies, correct? You're not going to own a house for 30 years, have a bunch of houses be built all around you, then be forced into a HOA, right? If I understand it correctly, then the colonel, though worthy of respect and admiration, should have read and understood his contract. Maybe I'm wrong. Anybody?

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 5:02 PM

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I have no respect for these HOA's,having won my battle with the little beaurecrats a few years ago myself.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,579338,00.html

i tried being reasonable,i didn't like it, NRA LIFE MEMBER,USMC VETERAN
4 years 46 weeks ago, 5:11 PM

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ryo have miss you lots and been wondering how you and family have been doing.

your friend,

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4 years 46 weeks ago, 5:31 PM

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Thanks, LD

I took some time off to regain my footing in the real world. Well, that, and undergo a septoplasty and inferior turbinate reduction. I'm still trying to see if my doctor filmed the procedure, because I would love to see a video of someone taking a hammer and chisel to the inside of my nose as I lay unconscious on the table. Once I heal, it'll be interesting to start running again and see how it feels to run with full airflow in my nose.

"I have always been a soldier. I have known no other life. The calling of arms, I have followed from boyhood. I have never sought another." From The Virtues of War, by Steven Pressfield.
4 years 46 weeks ago, 5:39 PM

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hope everything work out ok with your surgery. you know it funny about that hammer and chisel thing as surgical instruments. the orthopaedic surgeon who did pops right knew had to use these to chisel off bone spurs on the back of his kneecap along with the other parts of the knee he had to fix. ryo is very glad to have you back!

your friend,

LittleDragon

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