Marine Alumnus Rejected by University of Washington Dr. Michael L. Ford 15 February 2006 UW's student senate rejected a memorial for "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 at the student government's meeting, said she "didn't believe a member of the Marine Corps was an example of the sort of person UW wanted to produce." Really. When I went through Survival School at Fairchild AFB, the University of Washington credited the course for college credit. I hope the Air Force will find another school to work with because I have doubts they are any longer the kind of institution patriotic Americans would want to have in their academic transcript. Ashley Miller, another student senator, said "many monuments at UW already commemorate rich white men." (Rich, successful men build schools oftentimes. I suppose they should first apologize for being white.) School senate member Karl Smith amended the resolution to eliminate a clause saying Boyington "was credited with destroying 26 enemy aircraft, tying the record for most aircraft destroyed by a pilot in American Uniform." Smith, according to the minutes, said "the resolution should commend Colonel Boyington's service, not his killing of others." (This man evidently thinks we should apologize to the Japanese for getting in their way at Pearl Harbor.) When will we wake up to the fact that our schools are killing our nation's future liberty? We have seen plenty of evidence that no government school is immune from political correctness. We need to stop our tax money from being used to underwrite the teaching of a politically correct atheistic worldview that is humanistic and communistic. Just last year, this university erected a memorial to diversity, the very thing that is fracturing America. Boyington, a student at UW 1930-34, served as a combat pilot in the "Flying Tigers of China" – and later as a Marine Corps combat pilot in charge of Marine Fighting Squadron 214. He earned the Navy Cross, and was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Franklin D. Roosevelt After he was also shot down “Pappy” spent 20 months in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp.
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