New vet clinic to be named after Cheyenne Mountain High grad who earned WWII Medal of Honor, then died in a later battle
A bipartisan plan is moving forward in Congress to name the new Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) outpatient clinic on Fillmore Hill after a 1931 Cheyenne Mountain High School graduate who died in World War II after
earning the Medal of Honor.
“A nine-member nominating committee unanimously recommended naming [it] after PFC Floyd Kenneth Lindstrom,” according to a press release from the office of Congressman Doug Lamborn, whose district includes Colorado Springs.
Lamborn and Colorado Senator Mark Udall have introduced companion bills in the House and Senate to formalize the decision.
Scheduled to open this spring on Centennial Boulevard south of Fillmore Street, the clinic had been temporarily called the Colorado Springs Commun-ity Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Groundbreaking ceremonies took place on Veterans Day last year. The three-story, 80,000-square-foot facility will serve southern Colorado veterans, combining present services now offered in different locations and expanding such offerings as audiology, physical therapy, optometry and mental health.
According to a citation quoted in the release, Lindstrom received the Medal of Honor for his “conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity” in singlehandedly defeating a German counterattack Nov. 11, 1943, on a hill near Mignano, Italy. The citation further states that he “demonstrated aggressive spirit and complete fearlessness in the face of almost certain death.”
Three months later, Lindstrom was killed in a German counterattack in Anzio, Italy.
After graduating from Cheyenne Mountain, Lindstrom had worked as a long-haul driver. He enlisted in the Army in June 1942 and trained to become a machine gunner. He served in North Africa before shipping out for Sicily and Italy.
The press release quotes “a family friend” who states that Lindstrom did not have “a weak link in his make up…. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor.”
The CBOC Naming Committee was formed last March. Public suggestions on names were sought at that time. According to committee chair Brian Binn, “Although there were many exceptional nominations submitted to the committee, we were unanimous in our decision to recommend PFC Floyd Lindstrom, one of Colorado Springs, and our nation's, true heroes.”
From a press release