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Floyd D. Oliver

Sergeant First Class (Retired) Floyd D. Oliver, 82, died October 10, 2008, in Ben Hur, Texas.

Floyd was drafted into the Army in 1944 and took Cavalry basic training at Fort Riley, Kansas. After basic, he attended Radio School as a Morse code operator and then was assigned to the Philippines with the 24th Mechanized Cavalry Troop, 24th Infantry Division. He was reassigned to Japan for Occupation duty and enlisted in the Regular Army. He returned to the U.S. for duty with the 2nd Armored Division. In 1951 he was transferred to Germany and upon completion of this tour, he was reassigned to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, where he began pistol shooting in 1958.

Floyd was selected for the Fort Sill Team then the 4th Army Team and finally the All Army Team—all in his first year of competitive shooting. After a three-year tour in Italy, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit in 1961. His next overseas assignment was to Germany. He returned as a member of the USAREUR Team to compete in the 1965 All Army Matches and was reassigned to the USAMTU. Floyd was awarded the U. S. Army Distinguished Pistol Shot Badge in 1960. 

In 1968, Floyd retired with 24 years of military service then worked his ranch in Texas until his death.

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