Korean War Vet, Whose Brother Is Still MIA, Fights To Keep Flag Flying






Korean War Vet Robert Willits- Courtesy WTHR

Korean War Vet Robert Willits- Courtesy WTHR



Greenfield Indiana – Robert Willits is a Korean War Vet, his brother also fought in Korea but never made it home he is still listed on the rosters as MIA. Robert flies the flag that he fought for, and his brother died for, but now his HOA says it’s a violation and must come down.



Courtesy WTHR


A Korean war veteran in Greenfield says his flagpole stands for freedom. His homeowners association says the flagpole breaks the rules.

The dispute stems from American and Missing In Action flags in Robert and Judy Willits’ front yard.

The couple moved to the Fieldstone neighborhood last Christmas. This summer they installed the flagpole.

“It means a lot to me. We fought for that flag,” Robert Willits said.

Both Robert and his brother, Lester, served in the Korean War. Robert was injured. Lester never came home.

“Lester is still there. So I’m going to keep it up,” Robert Willits said.

Last month, the Fieldstone Homeowners Association sent a letter to the couple saying they were in violation of the covenants and restrictions of the neighborhood.

The association offered to fly the MIA flag from the community flagpole and said Willits could hang the American flag from a bracket above the garage. The other option: keep the flag where it is and pay a $500 fine to cover legal fees.

Robert Willits says he won’t pay the fine, and the flags are staying put.

“With the penalties they’ve imposed on us, I feel it’s really un-American for somebody that is 100 percent disabled vet,” Judy Willits said.

“No. I am not taking it down,” Willits said. “That flag is for the freedom of every person in here. It represents freedom.”

A group of Hoosier veterans demonstrated around the flagpole Monday afternoon in support of the Willits family and their flags.

The homeowners association says they are still deciding what to do next if the Willits refuse to pay or take it down.

Both sides have hired attorneys.






The Fieldstone Homeowners Association responded and said the flagpole, surrounded by a bed of seasonal flowers, is a lovely setup. But it’s also against the rules – ones that others have been asked to follow, said Kaye Eckert, president of the homeowners association.

“It is displayed beautifully,” she said. “We couldn’t ask for any more – if they were allowed.”

We reached out to the Fieldstone HOA with no response as of yet: Fieldstone



UPDATE: 20141029

(Courtesy of Fox59) – Hancock County Prosecuting Attorney Michael Griffin has taken notice, and says he will get involved if the Fieldstone homeowners association (HOA) doesn’t back down by Saturday.

In a letter to the HOA board of directors, Griffin said he will file suit if the issue is not resolved promptly.

“You may (rescind the letter and make amends for actions taken) by Saturday, November 1, 2014. After that date, I will have no choice but to file suit to enjoin the board from enforcing the actions taken in its letters dated September 9 and October 18. If the suit is successful, state statute requires me to pursue further legal proceedings to collect costs from the board.”

Mr. Griffin you sir are my new hero, after reading this letter, if more people were like Mr. Griffin these issues would never arise. In the last sentences of the letter he tells the HOA that the Willits may have been willing to accept some sort of compromise, but he is not. He is demanding they rescind the letter and issue a full apology to the Willits. Please let Mr. Griffin know how we truly appreciate him stepping in and taking care of this situation!!!


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Mr. Griffith we are truly grateful for the stance you have taken in this situation!


What are your thoughts?
23 comments on “Korean War Vet, Whose Brother Is Still MIA, Fights To Keep Flag Flying
  1. Common Sense never seems to prevail.
    The fact that everyone else is following the rules does not set a precedent that an exemption cannot be made.
    By the same token, because you allow a MIA flag does not mean you have to allow flags with cocker spaniels.

    The Veteran’ Brother is MIA!

    Apply some common sense!

    Duty, Honor, Country
    US ARMY 65-68

  2. These worthless jerks are just about as low as you can get. So, these are the rules? What American would even propose a rule saying you can’t fly the American flag in front of your own home? It should be required, not prohibited. Your HOA is despicable and undesirable and anti American. Period.

  3. Who ever thought of HOA’s?
    What about being able to live in YOUR OWN home freely and remember “THE LAND OF THE FREE”? Everyone wants to rule the world. This gentleman and his wife have earned the right to fly the American and POW/MIA FLAGS on their property. Leave them alone already to someday welcome his brother home. They have paid dearly already.

  4. It’s men like him & his brother that allow this hoa to even exist. He should bill the hoa for the flag, the pole and all materials used to create the memorial. If there is a vet on the hoa board he or she should be ashamed to live there.

    • The Act of 2005 ensures that the American Flag cannot be prohibited. It is the MIA flag that the association is refusing to allow. Too many HOA are staffed by petty minded people who relish in their ability to render narrow interpretations of the HOA laws. The solution is to ensure that a majority of the HOA members who usually do not attend the meetings to establish their own voting majority and not only elect more reasonable executives, but modify the restrictive rules.

  5. This was taken to court in NC – the resident won! HOAs need to get with the program. They’re taking our country and our rights folks! Time to WAKE UP!

  6. On behalf of Fieldstone COMMUNITY Association in Bloomington IN thank u for fixing your link… Our community does support our veterans and thanks those who have given be ultimate sacrifice…

  7. I simply cannot comprehend How and Why these debates or more accurately “Legal Battles”, continue to pop up over a persons “Right” to display the Flag of OUR Nation on their own private property. Although the POW/ MIA Flag might open the door to challenges that’s it’s a “Specialty Flag” common sense should easily prevail.

    It would seem to me that the HOA offered his best defense. They say “…. the flagpole, surrounded by a bed of seasonal flowers, is a lovely setup. But it’s also against the rules – ones that others have been asked to follow.” Fine, he was “asked” to follow the HOA rules in this matter and respectfully declined while standing on some very well founded principles. End of Story!

    I suppose if he was to fly an “Isis” Flag it would be “Protected and Allowed” under the “Freedom of Religion” argument?

    Time to Wake up and dust off those brain cells Fieldstone HOA. By the way . . . am I the only one who finds it just a tad ironic that the Fieldstone HOA and its Directors all list a physical address on “Stonewall Drive”?

    ~ Marc

  8. You sir are a true hero and the law is on the side of not just you but the flag as well.

    This is not the land of the free, except when you have a HOA, but the brave shall stand true with their beliefs.

    I shall sit an empty place setting tonight at dinner for your brother. He is not forgotten.

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