Gregory "Pappy" Boyington was an graduate of aeronautical engineering at the University of Washington. He was also a Medal of Honor and Navy Cross recipient who served as a combat pilot in World War II in a squadron was known as the Flying Tigers of China and as a combat pilot in the Marine Corps. During WWII he shot down some 26 Japanese aircraft and he spent almost two years in a Japanese POW camp. His WWII squadron served as the model for the squadron portrayed in the series "Baa Baa Black Sheep". He died in 1988 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Recently it was proposed that Pappy be honored with a memorial at UW, in fact the idea went all the way to the Student Senate. Here's the resolution:
"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."
From the minutes of that meeting:
Jill Edwards questioned whether it was appropriate to honor a person
who killed other people.
She 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 commented that many monuments at UW already
commemorate rich white men.
These women are ignorant morons. How did they get into college? Well of course I know common sense isn't exactly a prerequisite now is it? Before Ashley shot her mouth off and showed her ignorance maybe she should have checked Pappy's background. He was not rich, his parents both had to work hard, and he also a Sioux Indian. He was by NO means a rich white man. And so what if he had been? He would still have been a hero. And how dare we deny honors to a hero because of the color of his skin or how much money he has?
Since when do we not honor exceptionally brave men and women who have fought to keep our nation free? The very freedom Ashley and Jill express every single day of their lives exists because of people like Pappy Boyington. I have to wonder what Ashley and Jill's parents taught them about freedom and liberty or whether they taught them at all.
I checked and Jill and Ashley's email addresses are a matter of public info on UW's site. They may not want the publicity but they certainly asked for it. Now they will have to reap what they have sown.
I'm angry at these women. I am angry at their ignorance and stupidity. And I am not just angry at them because I am a veteran but because I am an American first and foremost. Unlike these women, I appreciate the sacrifices so many millions have made so that I could do something as simple as expressing my opinion on this very blog.