SERIES: Vietnam Veterans Killed in Action

Edited from Find a Grave

LCpl David Allen Floyd was born on 4 Mar 1948 to Vernal Lee Rodgers Floyd.  His home city is listed as Minden, Louisiana. His tour started on 22 Oct 1968 in the Republic of Vietnam, (South Vietnam).  He was in the United States Marine Corp and achieved the rank of Lance Corporal.  He is in the ICO 3DBN 5THMAR 1STMAR DIV as a rifleman. He arrived in Vietnam in October of 1968 and was killed on March 1, 1969.

He was killed in Military Region 1 – Quang Nam on 01 March 1969 at the age of 20.

He was awarded the Silver Star Award posthumously for actions during the Vietnam War.  The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Lance Corporal David A. Floyd (MCSNN: 2259076), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action while service as a Squad Leader with Company I, Third Battalion, Fifth Marines, FIRST Marine Division, during operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam.  On 1 March 1969, Lance Corporal Floyd’s squad was the lead element during a platoon-sized patrol when the Marines became pinned down by a heavy volume of machine gun fire from a North Vietnamese Army unit occupying fortified emplacements.  Unhesitatingly dashing to the point of heaviest contact to direct his men’s fire, Lance Corporal Floyd observed his wounded point man lying in a position dangerously exposed to the enemy rounds.  With complete disregard for his own safety, he was rushing forward to evacuate the casualty when he received a severe wound from an enemy machine gun.  Ignoring his painful injury, he was valiantly attempting to protect his companion’s body with his own and deliver covering fire upon the hostile soldiers when another burst from the enemy machine gun mortally wounded him.  By his courage, bold initiative and unwavering devotion to duty, Lance Corporal Floyd inspired all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his county.

His body was recovered, and he was buried in the Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Minden, Louisiana.

He will be honored at our Armed Forced Day Celebration.  Please remember his sacrifice and the freedom he gave us.

Cindy Madden

Regent – Dorcheat-Bistineau Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution