b. 21/06/1912 Holdrege, Nebraska. d. 03/02/1944 Anzio, Italy.
DATE OF MOH ACTION: 11/11/1943 near Mignano, Italy.
Lindstrom was born on June 21, 1912, in Holdredge, Nebraska. His family eventually moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he was raised. He worked summers on a farm through much of his youth. As a young man, he supported his mother and sister by delivering fruit and produce between Colorado and California.
In June 1942, the day after his 30th birthday, Lindstrom enlisted in the Army and was trained as a machine gunner. By early 1943, he was sent to join the North Africa Campaign, where he earned the Silver Star for saving the life of a fellow soldier.
Several months later, Lindstrom and the rest of the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, found themselves in Italy. On Nov. 11, 1943, his platoon was supporting a rifle company that was attacking a hill near Mignano when the Germans counterattacked, forcing both groups to move into defensive positions.
Lindstrom knew his small section was alone and outnumbered five to one, but he pushed on regardless, quickly ordering the few remaining men into position to open fire. The enemy opened up as well with grenades, machine-gun and pistol fire.
Lindstrom couldn’t take the enemy out from where he was, so he picked up his own heavy machine gun and staggered 15 yards up an open rocky hillside to another position only 10 yards from the enemy’s machine gun nest, despite the hail of small arms fire landing all around him.
The enemies began firing back and forth, but Lindstrom quickly realized he couldn’t hit most of the gunners because they were hidden behind a large rock. So he moved again, charging further uphill despite the constant stream of gunfire heading his way. Lindstrom shot and killed both German gunners, then dragged their machine gun down to his men, who turned its fire back on the enemy.
Lindstrom wasn’t done. He went back to where the enemy machine gunners had been positioned and grabbed two boxes of ammunition. He then returned to his men and continued to fire his own weapon.
The effort put forth from his bravery broke up the German counterattack. For his fearlessness, he was recommended for the Medal of Honor.
Unfortunately, he wouldn’t live to see it. After the Mignano battle, Lindstrom was given the option of taking a safer assignment as a guard far from the front lines. He refused and chose to stay with his unit.
Less than three months later, on Feb. 3, 1944, he was killed during a German counterattack at Anzio, Italy. Lindstrom was 31. His body was brought home and buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
On April 25, 1944, Lindstrom received the Medal of Honor posthumously. He also earned the Purple Heart and two Italian military crosses. The Medal was presented to his family by Major General Terry Allen at Camp Carson, Colorado.
Lindstrom has continued to be honored over the decades that have passed. In 2013, the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs in Colorado Springs was designated the PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic. In May 2018, a monument was unveiled in the city that honored Lindstrom and two other local Medal of Honor recipients, Jesse Funk and Gerald Young.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty. On 11 November 1943, this soldier’s platoon was furnishing machine-gun support for a rifle company attacking a hill near Mignano, Italy, when the enemy counterattacked, forcing the riflemen and half the machine-gun platoon to retire to a defensive position. Pfc. Lindstrom saw that his small section was alone and outnumbered five to one, yet he immediately deployed the few remaining men into position and opened fire with his single gun. The enemy centered fire on him with machine gun, machine pistols, and grenades. Unable to knock out the enemy nest from his original position, Pfc. Lindstrom picked up his own heavy machine gun 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 machine gun, 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 machine-gun nest for two 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.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: PIONEERS MUSEUM, COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO.