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91-Year-Old Blind Veteran Assaulted to Get to His Stars & Stripes!

Written by Joe Scudder

The blind veteran was assaulted and his flags were torn down and thrown into a ditch.

The legally blind veteran was wounded by a flare on Iwo Jima during World War 2. More recently Howard Banks suffered an attack from as-yet unidentified miscreants who went on his property and tore down his American flag and his Marine flag, but not before knocking Banks to the ground when he heard a noise and went outside his house to investigate.

According to the local Fox station, “Veteran, 92, attacked while protecting his flags.

On July 11, a day before his birthday, the Marine heard someone outside pulling his American flag down. So he went outside to investigate.


Banks said the first time this happened, about a year ago, someone shredded his American flag and ripped his Marine flag. He was determined not to let that happen again.

“They could see me. I couldn’t see them. I turned and looked in the other direction, and about then – wham! One of them knocked me down,” Banks said.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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