Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Via World Net Daily

Lt. Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington during World War II The University of Washington's student senate rejected a memorial for alumnus Gregory "Pappy" Boyington of "Black Sheep Squadron" fame amid concerns a military hero who shot down enemy planes was not the right kind of person to represent the school.

Student senator Jill Edwards, according to minutes of the student government's meeting last week, said she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce."

Ashley Miller, another senator, argued "many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men."
Besides the fact the Baa-Baa Black Sheep was a cool TV show. I actually met "Pappy" Boyington twice at the Experimental Aircraft Association convention in Oshkosh WI when I was in high school and spoke to him for a few minutes. Seemed like a nice enough gentleman who was willing to talk to a 16 year old about his service in WWII.

Reguarldless about how you may feel about the military anyone who was willing to serve deserves a level of respect and anyone who won the Medal of Honor deserves a level of respect that is beyond reproach and gripe.


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