Remembering a Lost Hero

Colorado Springs Post 5 - Colorado Springs, CO

The wreath forms the center in the Legion emblem, in loving memory of those brave comrades who gave their lives in the service of the United States that liberty might endure.

On Nov 11, 1943 a PFC Floyd K. Lindstrom, who grew up in Colorado Springs, CO, saw action on a hill near Mignano, Italy that caused him to receive the United States military's highest decoration—the Medal of Honor. Lindstrom was killed in 1944 because he decided to stay with his buddies and make the Anzio landing.

Unlike many MOH recipients, Lindstrom was forgotten in his home town. It took a local citizen that went to the same high school as PFC Lindstrom, but much later, to get the local American Legion Post 5 to correct this oversight. Floyd Lindstrom had not been mentioned in the newspaper since 1964. After two years of researching by the adjutant and waiting for the right time. Post 5 on Nov 11, 2011 did two things to bring back the memory of our hero. At 8 AM Post 5 members laid a wreath at the grave site. Then at 2 PM Post 5 dedicated a new flag pole to PFC Lindstrom. On the flag pole there is a plaque with the citation written on it and that he was the class of 1931 of CMHS. Alex Ellis is the man that contacted Post 5 about this local hero was given the honor of presenting the first United States flag to fly on this flag pole. There will be a Memorial Plaque be unveiled on Memorial Day 2012 at the Shrine of Remembrance Veterans Honor Court. PFC Floyd Kenneth Lindstrom is also holds the place of honor above the POW/MIA table just inside of Post 5. PFC Lindstrom was first listed as a MIA. So to Post 5 members will always remember OUR local hero.

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