Goshen News, Goshen, IN

June 18, 2013

Nazi flag is no laughing matter


— An article in the The Elkhart Truth (June 13) appeared with this headline, “What would you do if your neighbor flew a Nazi flag?” Thoughts about what I would do won’t appear in this letter because seeing that headline made me mad just recalling what my husband, Bill, and thousands of others suffered as German prisoners during World War II.

The article states that Dale Duncan of Elkhart chose to fly his Nazi flag from his balcony railing on April 15, Memorial Day and Hitler’s Birthday (May 1). Duncan said he served in the U.S. Marines and Indiana National Guard, but since the age of 21 he has identified with the National Socialist Movement and denies there was a Holocaust. All of this, and he still enjoys the freedom to fly his Nazi flag and wear a Nazi armband while receiving veteran’s health benefits and disability checks from the U.S. government.

Duncan’s freedom to “put that flag up and laugh” was gained at the expense of John, a 19-year-old bombardier who completed 41 missions over Germany before being discharged. And it was gained by the actions of Airman Roland, who became a prisoner after his plane was shot down over Nazi-occupied Romania.

Those Elkhart County veterans represent only a fraction of the military and non-military men and women who served their country so Dale Duncan could enjoy the freedom to mock everything we stand for. Duncan may have served in the military, but he is not the kind of veteran that makes Americans proud.

As for the Holocaust, Wikipedia states, “Taking into account all the victims of Nazi persecution, they systematically killed six million Jews and mass murdered an additional 11 million people” during World War II.

At 59, Duncan says he plans to run for mayor of Elkhart in 2015. Buyer beware.

— Roberta (Carpenter) Leonard

Goshen