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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.
Originally posted by ferretman2
Can't wait to see if there is an 'outrage' over this............
[edit on 15-2-2006 by ferretman2]
Originally posted by curme
What is your outrage again? A school elects people to represent them. They discuss the issue, and vote on an answer. Is that your beef? The democratic process?
I think it's more about the painful irony: That these students are able to exercise the democratic process largely because of the efforts of war heros like "Pappy" Boyington.
Originally posted by Luxifero
Soldiers do their job as they are told.
o.p. by G.P.
The University of Washington really doesn't deserve to be the host of a memorial to a man of such courage and commitment.
Senate member Karl Smith amended the resolution to eliminate a clause that said Boyington "was credited with destroying 26 enemy aircraft, tying the record for most aircraft destroyed by a pilot in American Uniform," for which he was awarded the Navy Cross.
"Be it resolved … [t]hat we consider Col. Gregory Boyington, United States Marine Corps, to be a prime example of the excellence that this university represents and strives to impart upon its students, and, That we desire for a memorial for Col. Boyington be commenced by the University of Washington by 11 January 2008, the twentieth anniversary of his death, which will be publicly displayed, so that all who come here in future years will know that the University of Washington produced one of this country's bravest men, and that we as a community hold this fact in the highest esteem."
o.p. by B.H.
I think the fact that he was dishonorably discharged