I, as adjutant of American Legion Post 5 in Colorado Springs, received a call saying that we had failed to honor a local hero. The photo is the last known photo of Pfc. Floyd K. Lindstrom. He went off to World War II from Colorado Springs at 30. He had a fiancée pass away five months before entering service. During a air raid in Sicily Floyd was awarded a Silver Star for saving men and equipment. On Nov. 11, 1943, he became a "One Man Army" for breaking up a German counterattack. For his actions that day Floyd would be awarded the Medal Of Honor. His mother, Anna, would receive the medal because given a chance to come home to receive it he decided to stay with his men and make the landing at Anzio. He was killed in action on Feb. 3, 1944. Floyd's assistant gunner on the machine gun did make it through World War II, showing that Floyd's last act was to save a life of one of his men.
Floyd K. Lindstrom was lost to history until about six years ago. After six years of work/research and with things falling into place at the right time, he now has our Post 5 flagpole and two plaques dedicated in his honor. Now comes the passage of H.R. 3375: To designate the community-based outpatient clinic of the Department of Veterans Affairs to be constructed at 3141 Centennial Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado, as the "PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic".
So look for the heroes in your town and see about making sure they are not forgotten. The second-best thing about this research was that it gave me a chance to be able to correspond with the oldest living Medal Of Honor awardee, Robert Maxwell, who had known Floyd.