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A Soldier's Story: Colonel Van Thomas Barfoot



Colonel Van Thomas Barfoot was born on June 15, 1914, one of nine children, on a farm in Edinburg, Mississippi.

He 1940, he enlisted in the US Army, serving first in the Italian Campaign, Amphibious Force, and after WWII, Colonel Van Barfoot trained as a helicopter pilot and then as the military adviser to the Virginia National Guard.

Colonel Van Barfoot was a highly decorated soldier, earning the Congressional Medal of Honor, a Silver Star, a Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts.  He was decorated to pick his way through a minefield, capture 17 enemy soldiers, and destroy a tank.

Despite having a very admiral military career, Colonel Van Barfoot is most well known for his legal battle with his HOA, who tried to restrict him from flying an American Flag.  He is quoted saying, "In the time I have left, I plan to continue to fly the American flag."  He won.

On March 2, 2012, Colonel Van Barfoot died and rests at H.C. Smither Memorial Cemetery in Hudgins, Virginia.

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