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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Medal of Honor Army Col. Van Thomas Barfoot flying his flag in heaven now

Decorated World War II vet who later fought for right to fly U.S. flag at home in Va. dies at 92

By Associated Press, Published: March 3

RICHMOND, Va. — A World War II Medal of Honor winner who later made headlines for his fight to fly an American flag in his Virginia front yard, has died. Retired Army Col. Van Thomas Barfoot was 92.

Barfoot gained national attention in 2009 when he fought to keep his 21-foot flagpole at his Henrico County home after the homeowners association ordered it removed and threatened to sue him.

The White House even entered the fray, with a spokesman for President Barack Obama calling it “silly” not to allow Barfoot to fly the flag.
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