Decorated vet in flagpole row

Dec. 3, 2009 at 5:38 PM

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A Medal of Honor winner in Virginia said his community's homeowner association is threatening him with legal action if he does not remove his flagpole.

Col. Van T. Barfoot, 90, who was awarded the Medal of Honor in World War II and served in the Korean and Vietnam wars, said the Coates & Davenport law firm in Richmond sent him a notice on behalf of the Sussex Square community's homeowner association ordering him to remove the flagpole by 5 p.m. Friday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday.

The letter informs Barfoot that a failure to comply means he would face "legal action being brought to enforce the Covenants and Restrictions against you."

Barfoot's daughter, Margaret Nicholls, who lives a few houses away from her father, said she is trying to rally support behind Barfoot, who put up the flagpole during the summer. The homeowner association said Barfoot was denied permission to erect the flagpole but ignored the ruling.

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