In Memory

Floyd Black


Floyd Jerome Black was born 19 January 1946 in Saint Louis County where except for his time in military service he lived his entire life.  After graduating from Pattonville High School in 1964 he served in the U.S. Navy from 6 December 1966 until 25 September 1970.  During his distinguished service in the Viet Nam War, Floyd was awarded a Purple Heart and a Silver Star.  He passed away 13 April 1992 and was interred at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in Saint Louis, MO.  Floyd was survived by his wife Shirley who when she passed in 2004 was buried with him.   

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05/15/18 07:36 PM #1    

Patricia "Tricia" Byrne

The Silver Star Medal is our country's third-highest personal (rather than unit) decoration for valor in combat and is awarded for galantry in action (combat) against enemies of the US.  It isn't something that is awarded freely.  Receiving Silver Star is an exceptional accomplishment.  Although I don't know specifically what Floyd did in the Viet Nam War to earn this medal the fact that he was also awarded a Purple Heart Medal shows he was a hero and leads one to believe his actions were quite heroic in that he paid with his own blood.  Very well done, Floyd!  I'm glad you were able to come home from war and have many more years with your wife Shirley.  Thank you for your bravery, your sacrifice, and your service to America!     

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