In Memory of
U.S. Army Private White, South Dakota
Brookings County

January 16, 1929 – August 20, 1950
Killed in Action in Korea

Floyd Schultz was born January 16, 1929, at White, South Dakota, to John and Jenny (Franken) Schultz. Floyd had four brothers: Matthew, who was later killed in Belgium during WW II, Edward, Alvin, and Donald, and one sister, Grace (Bahr). Floyd spent his life in the White area until he entered the service.

On April 28, 1948, Floyd Schultz entered active service at Brookings. He was trained at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and went overseas as part of the Occupation Forces in Japan in August of 1949. He was rated as a marksman with a .45 caliber pistol. He achieved a score of 236 out of 350 to win his medal. While he was in the service, Floyd got his GED since he had enlisted before he could graduate. Private First Class Schultz was a member of Company E, 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division. When war broke out in Korea, Pfc. Schultz’s Division was one of the first to be sent into combat.

Not long afterwards, on August 14, 1950, Private First Class Floyd Schultz was reported missing in action, and then his family was informed. They waited anxiously for more information. Later they were informed that he had died in battle on August 20, 1950, reportedly being killed at the Battle of Naktong Bulge. In a letter the family received from General MacArthur, these words were written:

The untimely and tragic loss of your son, Floyd, who met his death on the field of battle in Korea, has shocked all of us very deeply. Some measure of comfort may be derived from the knowledge that he died in the service of his country and in the defense of a peace-loving country.

The body of Private First Class Floyd Schultz was reportedly buried in a mass grave in South Korea and thus was not sent home for burial. There is a memorial stone in his memory at the Fairview Cemetery at White.

Pfc. White was awarded the Purple Heart, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Korean War Service Medal.

This entry was respectfully submitted by Bethany Weber, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, SD, May 23, 2004. Information for this entry was provided by an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, the SD National Guard Museum, the Schultz family via Donna Miller and Alvin Schultz, and the ABMC. Profile approved by Alvin Schultz, brother.