Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Univ. of Washington Disses Pappy Boyington

The University of Washington's student senate has refused a memorial in honor of alumnus Gregory "Pappy" Boyington. Boyington, recipient of the Navy Cross, tied the record for the most enemy aircraft destroyed by an American pilot during WWII. He was also shot down and spent 20 months in a Japanese POW camp.

A student senator said of one of World War II's greatest heroes that she didn't think "a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce."

Another student objected that the university already honored "rich white men," ignoring that Boyington did not grow up as a rich white man, and ignoring the complete lack of connection between financial background and military heroism.

Yet another student amended a resolution honoring Boyington to eliminate his war record, because he didn't want to honor Boyington "killing others."

These students are apparently so oblivious of world history that they don't recognize that without brave men like Pappy Boyington risking their lives and "killing others," the students wouldn't have the freedom today to say such asinine, idiotic, stupid things.

Yes, my blood is boiling. Sometimes there just...aren't...words.

Wednesday Update: Michelle Malkin has a post up on this story today.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Laura, Mudville Gazette has a link to this story from Utah. You don't have to be a college student to believe in our country (or in UW's case, not believe).
It's the good side to the bad side you showed. (Cheers to the Americans who live in Utah!)

"These are some of the valentines Crestview Elementary students are making for a U.S. soldier, stationed in Iraq and working as a medic. It's the second round of cards these approximately 600 students have created this school year; the last batch — a package heavy enough to require $27 in postage — went out for Christmas, said school media specialist Joy Ligget, who is heading up the project."

5:58 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you, Johng, for that wonderful Valentine's story! It definitely provided a much-needed counterpoint to the UW story. Best wishes, Laura

7:28 PM  

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