- Floyd K. Lindstrom
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WWII U.S. Army. In Sicily, Floyd received the Military Silver Star For gallantry in action in 1943. Near Magnano, Italy, 11 November 1943, Floyd, armed only with his .45 calibre pistol, singlehandedly attacked an enemy machinegun position which was decimating his squad. He killed the occupants then picked up the heavy-machinegun and carried it to his squad. Under withering enemy fire he returned to the enemy position and retrieved the gun's ammunition. Returning to his squad he turned the captured weapon's fire on the counter attacking enemy and routed them. For his selfless bravery he was cited for his Nations highest Military award, the MEDAL OF HONOR. Floyd was offered the opportunity to serve in a safe rear area, but he declined. Leading his men against the enemy, Floyd was killed on 3 February 1944. His MEDAL OF HONOR was postumously presented to his mother, on 26 April 1944, by Maj. General Terry Allen in a ceremony at Fort Carson. General Allen referred to Floyd as "a one man army". (see also "In Memoriam"
Note: Without the tireless efforts of Alex Ellis, a Cheyenne grad, this contribution would not have been possible.
Floyd was a recipient of his Nation's highest Military award, the MEDAL OF HONOR, "for selfless gallantry
involving the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty" on 11 November 1943. Offered the opportunity to serve in a safe rear area, he declined and was later killed leading his squad in action against the enemy on 3 February 1944. (see also "Famous Alumni")
With the exception of his schoolmates, who were residents of Myron Stratton Home for Orphaned Children, Floyd is unknown to the general school population. Floyd's selfless heroism, went deliberately unrecognised, despite public opposition, by the school Principal, Dr. Lloyd Shaw, who arrogantly declared, "The only real heroes are educators like myself and my wife Dotty".
Not many schools of any size can boast of a MEDAL OF HONOR recipient on their alumni roster. Students and alumni should be greatly honored and grateful for Floyd's service and sacrifice for freedom and his Nation's security. (see "Famous Alumni").
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