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First Name: Floyd

Last Name: Lindstrom

Birthplace: Holdrege, NE, USA

Gender: Male

Branch: Army (1784 - present)

Home of Record: Colorado Springs, CO
Middle Name: K.

Date of Birth: 21 June 1912

Date of Death: 03 February 1944

Rank: Private First Class

Years Served: 1942 - 1944
Floyd K. Lindstrom

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Floyd K. Lindstrom
Private First Class, U.S. Army
Medal of Honor Recipient
World War II

Private First Class Floyd K. Lindstrom (21 June 1912 - 3 February 1944) was a U.S. Army soldier who was posthumously awarded the U.S. military's highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, for his actions during World War II.

Floyd K. Lindstrom was born on 21 June 1912 at Holdrege, NE. He joined the Army from Colorado Springs, CO. On 11 November 1943, he was serving as a Private First Class in the 3rd Infantry Division. Near Mignano, Italy, that day, he single-handedly charged and captured a German machine gun. Lindstrom was killed in action three months later. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions near Mignano.

Medal of Honor

Rank and organization: Private First Class, U.S. Army, 3rd Infantry Division.

Place and date: Near Mignano, Italy, 11 November 1943.

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.

Death and Burial

Private First Class Floyd K. Lindstrom was killed in action on 3 February 1944. He is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO, in Block 230 Space 778.

Honoree ID: 1501   Created by: MHOH




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