The Good, The Bad, and The Hilarious of Parenting

A Role Model For Our Children

on March 2, 2012

Just this past week, I assigned my students an essay asking them to decide if celebrities are good role models or not.  They had to defend their choice.  Some said yes because of all the good celebrities do for society.  Some said no because of all the drugs and bad behavior they display.  There was no right or wrong answer to this question, but as a parent, I would hope that my children would have a role model such as Colonel Van T. Barfoot.

English: Van T. Barfoot wearing a suit and his...

Colonel Van T. Barfoot passed away on March 2, 2012 at the age of 92.  He is from my area – Richmond, Virginia.  He was a Medal of Honor Recipient from World War II.  The Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest award for bravery in combat. Colonel Barfoot was awarded the Medal of Honor by Lt. Gen. Alexander M. Patch III in Epinal, France, on September 28, 1944.

What did he do to deserve the Medal of Honor?  Near Carano, Italy his unit set up defensive positions, and he conducted patrols to scout the terrain and the German line.  When his company was ordered to attack on May 23,1944, Army Technical Sergeant Barfoot asked to lead a squad due to the knowledge he had gained during his patrols.  He advanced through a minefield alone until he came within a few yards of a machine gun on the German flank.  He took the gun with a grenade.  He then entered the German trench and advanced on a second machine gun killing two soldiers and capturing three others.  When he reached the third gun, the entire crew surrounded to him.  Eventually he singled-handly captured a total of seventeen German soldiers and killed eight.  But that wasn’t it…

Later in the day, the Germans launched a counterattack with tanks.  Barfoot secured a bazooka and took an exposed position directly in front of three advancing tanks. He disabled one tank.  Then he advanced into enemy-held territory and destroyed an abandoned German artillery piece.  But that wasn’t it…

He then returned to his platoon position and assisted two of his seriously wounded men 1,700 yards to a position of safety.

Then in 2009 at his home he again fell under attack when his neighborhood association sued him because he placed a flag pole in his yard to fly the American flag.  This became national news.  He fought and won that battle too!

The following is a statement from Roger Nicholls, Mr. Barfoot’s son. “Dear friends, Dad passed peacefully this morning. We are so thankful for your love and support. If you would like to honor him a contribution to the Sitter-Barfoot Veteran’s Care Center 1601 Broad Rock Blvd Richmond VA 23224 would be a blessing. Sincerely, Tom, Margaret, Odell and Jim his children.”

I don’t want my children to hold this man as a role model because he fought for our country and showed extreme heroism.  I want them to see him as a role model because he embodies the concepts that are important to being a good person such as integrity, selflessness, determination, perseverance, dedication, loyalty, and fortitude.  These are qualities that are not always emulated in our society, but they should be.  I don’t know of any celebrity that can top that performance.  May God hold this man in his arms as he finally gets the peace he deserves.


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