Taps, Present Arms
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
Teamall 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.