Last week the University of Washington's student senate voted down a memorial for alumnus Gregory "Pappy" Boyington of "Black Sheep Squadron." The student reps questioned whether Boyington, who shot down a record number of Japanese fighters during World War II and was held for 20 months in a Japanese prison camp, was the kind of person the university wanted to produce.
Boyington earned the Medal of Honor and the Navy Cross. The spoiled brats of UW and their ilk have earned nothing except the opprobrium they so richly deserve. They are unworthy heirs of the freedom that Boyington and other members of "the Greatest Generation" bestowed on them.