RANGERS 2 Floyd, Alvin Winslow

Agent Jack
By Robert Hutton

John Robertson

Staff member
Alvin Winslow
  • UNIT
Company F (Ranger),75th Infantry
  • RANK
Sergeant First Class
Distinguished Service Cross
South Vietnam 1970
KIA - see Roll of Honour




Distinguished Service Cross : The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Alvin Winslow Floyd (260624471), Sergeant First Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Team 38, Company F (Ranger), 75th Infantry Regiment, 25th Infantry Division. Sergeant First Class Floyd distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous actions on 2 April 1970, while serving as team leader of a ranger team inserted deep within enemy territory. Upon insertion, the team came under intense small arms fire from a numerically superior enemy force. Sergeant First Class Floyd took charge of his scattered elements and directed them against the enemy. Through his efforts, an enemy machine gun bunker was destroyed and the enemy was forced to retreat. After moving about eighty-five meters from the landing zone, the team encountered the enemy again and became pinned down by accurate hostile rocket and machine gun fire coming from three sides. Discovering that enemy small arms fire had severed the radio headset cord, Sergeant First Class Floyd exposed himself to enemy fire as he stood up and directed friendly gunship fire on the enemy positions. When another ranger was wounded and required medical treatment, Sergeant First Class Floyd and another comrade moved to his side. As the enemy fire intensified and became concentrated on the three figures, Sergeant First Class Floyd arose and advanced toward the enemy in an apparent effort to shield his comrades. As he moved forward, he was mortally wounded by an enemy rocket propelled grenade. Sergeant First Class Floyd's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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