*LINDSTROM, FLOYD K.
Rank and organization: Private First Class,
U.S. Army, 3d Infantry Division. Place and date: Near Mignano, Italy, 11 November
1943. Entered service at: Colorado Springs, Colo. Birth: Holdredge, Nebr. G.O.
No: 32, 20 April 1944.
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.