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Leland Dwight Floyd

Leland Dwight Floyd was born on 3 September 1929 in Hawthorne, California. He was appointed to West Point by US Senator Knowland of California and was admitted on 3 July 1955. He was in Company L1 and on the pistol team for fouryears. He graduated on 7 June 1955 and was commissioned in the US Air Force.


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Leland Dwight Floyd - '55

No. 20298 (3 September 1929 - 26 September 1985)
(Draft Memorial Article)


Died at Angels Camp, CA Interred at: unknown

Leland (Lee) Floyd was born at Compton, CA just before the 1929 stock market crash and at the very beginning of the long "Great Depression". His parents were John and Hazel (Borbe) Floyd. We know little of his early life but, his father had died by the time Lee graduated from West Point. His mother was living in 1967. After graduation from high school at Lawndale, CA in 1947, Lee briefly attended El Camino College before he entered the Army in July 1948. He served in the Signal Corps for three years separating as a PFC when he entered West Point. During his service time, Lee's assignments included Okinawa and the USMA Preparatory School then at Stewart Field. He was appointed to the Academy by Senator William Knowland (CA). The Prep School's yearbook the Challenge lists his pet peeve as "Sunday morning racket makers," and he was frequently known to say "Why can't I have a pass?"

Lee's entry in the 1955 Howitzer states he initially had a running battle with the Department of Languages (Russian) although he later graduated in the upper half of his class. Most of his free time was devoted to the Radio Club (President) and Pistol Team (Treasurer). Pistol was his forte, so he rather frequently attended the National Pistol Matches. A classmate's eulogy of Lee states, he was "a quiet one" but that Lee not only encouraged him but helped him make the Pistol Team as a first classman.

Upon graduation, Lee received his commission in the Air Force. At graduation, or soon thereafter, he married Eunice Spencer. They were parents of two daughters who were born in Sacramento, CA, a son born at San Antonio, TX and possibly other children. Lee's service record as he reported it in the Register is somewhat limited and unclear: Headquarters, ATRC (1960), Kelly AFB where he was an electronics engineer (1967), RADC (1974), and the Air Force Command and Staff College (1977). It is known he received an MSEE degree from Southern Methodist University in 1965.

Lee retired in 1985 as a Colonel. He passed away at Angel's Camp, CA -- which also happens to be his mother's birthplace -- in September of that same year.

Rest in peace, good classmate and friend.

A Classmate
November 2009


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