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b. 21/06/1912 Holdrege, Nebraska. d. 03/02/1944 Anzio, Italy.

 

DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/11/1943 Mignano, Italy.

 

Floyd had a tough upbringing, with his mother being forced to take him and his older sister away from his alcoholic father when he was 3. They lived in Colorado, when after completing his education, he became a truck driver. He spent 11 years as a trucker in Colorado Springs and his life would change suddenly following the bombing of Pearl Harbour.

 

In early 1942, tragedy struck when his fiancee, Mary Jane Wackenhut died suddenly and he decided to enlist in the Army in June 1942. Floyd was sent to the 3rd Infantry Div. Floyd was assigned to H company 3 Bn 7th Infantry Regiment. Floyd while in convoy on 7/12/1943 in Sicily his unit came under attack by 4 enemy planes. Convoy stopped with everyone dispersed Floyd saw one truck starting to roll because the driver failed to set the brake. Seeing the truck was rolling towards an unaware soldier with a steep embankment behind the soldier. Floyd left his place of safety "with complete disregard of the planes strafing and bombing overhead, Pvt Lindstrom ran to the truck and guided it into a bank." This action saved men and equipment. Floyd Lindstrom was awarded the Silver Star for actions that day.

 

Floyd moved to Italy with the rest of the 3rd Infantry where his actions on Nov 11, 1943 would cause him to be put up for the Medal of Honor. PFC Floyd K Lindstrom was given the chance to stay in the rear and remain safe during the beach landing at Anzio in Jan, 1944 because he was up for the Medal of Honor. Floyd refused and on the Feb 3, 1944 was killed in action. Floyd was first listed as missing in action and on June 6, 1944 his status was changed to killed in action.

 

MOH CITATION:

 

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 11 November 1943, this soldier's platoon was furnishing machinegun support for a rifle company attacking a hill near Mignano, Italy, when the enemy counterattacked, forcing the riflemen and half the machinegun platoon to retire to a defensive position. Pfc. Lindstrom saw that his small section was alone and outnumbered 5 to 1, yet he immediately deployed the few remaining men into position and opened fire with his single gun. The enemy centered fire on him with machinegun, machine pistols, and grenades. Unable to knock out the enemy nest from his original position, Pfc. Lindstrom picked up his own heavy machinegun and staggered 15 yards up the barren, rocky hillside to a new position, completely ignoring enemy small arms fire which was striking all around him. From this new site, only 10 yards from the enemy machinegun, he engaged it in an intense duel. Realizing that he could not hit the hostile gunners because they were behind a large rock, he charged uphill under a steady stream of fire, killed both gunners with his pistol and dragged their gun down to his own men, directing them to employ it against the enemy. Disregarding heavy rifle fire, he returned to the enemy machinegun nest for 2 boxes of ammunition, came back and resumed withering fire from his own gun. His spectacular performance completely broke up the German counterattack. Pfc. Lindstrom demonstrated aggressive spirit and complete fearlessness in the face of almost certain death.

 

BURIAL LOCATION: EVERGREEN CEMETERY, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO.

Block 230 Space 778

Floyd K Lindstrom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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