Friday, February 24, 2006

"Pappy" Boyington Memorial Debate At The University of Washington

From today's

At the University of Washington, a memorial was recently proposed for Gregory "Pappy" Boyington, a Washington alumnus and Medal of Honor recipient. Boyington, who formed Marine Fighting Squadron 214---the famed "Black Sheep Squadron" ---shot down 26 Japanese aircraft before being shot down himself. (As a prisoner of war, Boyington was actually tortured for 20 months, not just photographed naked.) Student senator Jill Edwards spoke out against this singular American hero, voicing her opposition to the memorial because she didn't want someone who killed people to be memorialized. She didn't "believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce." Another senator, Ashley Miller, complained that too many other "rich white men" are memorialized at UW. While these students promote their own ignorance, Colonel Boyington (who was actually Native American) rests at Arlington National Cemetery in highest honor.

In response to the firestorm of criticism already erupting, UW created a scholarship named for Boyington and it will go to an undergraduate who is a Marine Corps veteran or the child of one. Meanwhile, a new resolution has been introduced to create a
memorial for all five of UW's Medal of Honor winners---Boyington, Deming Bronson, Robert Galer, Robert Leisy and William Nakamura.
Just another fine example on how elected representatives don't necessarily lose their intellectual compass in their never ending quest to be re-elected. Many of them start out intellectually depleted right from the get-go.

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