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Floyd Arthur Arvin[1] (16 October 1920 in Benton County, Indiana[2] – 14 March 1946 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana[1]) was a American Technician Third Grade in the United States Army during World War II. He also was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross which was awarded for having distinguished himself by extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in circumstances which do not justify the award of the Medal of Honor.

Early lifeEdit

Floyd was born in Benton County, Indiana on October 16, 1920 to Vernon J.[3] and Laura B. Arvin. He also had two sisters (Marie and Dorris) and a brother (Vernon).[4][5]

Military serviceEdit

Floyd enlisted in the United States Army from Otterbein, Indiana and served in World War II with the Army Engineers. He was decorated with the Purple Heart and the Distinguished Service Cross.


He died of unknown causes on March 14, 1946 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana and was buried in Rest Haven Memorial Park in Lafayette, Indiana.

Awards and decorationsEdit

DSC synopsisEdit

Private First Class Floyd A. Arvin, United States Army, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy in August 1943. Private First Class Arvin, an Army Engineer, drove a "duck" loaded with ammunition through enemy fire to an American infantry post which was three-quarters surrounded and running short of ammunition, near Capo Orlando, during the Sicilian campaign. His "duck" was hit by enemy shellfire and sank, and Private First Class Arvin had to swim ashore. Private First Class Arvin's intrepid actions, personal bravery and zealous devotion to duty exemplify the highest traditions of the military forces of the United States and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.


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