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Remembering Richards Men on Memorial Day

Floyd Alvin Richards July 28, 1918 - March 10, 1979

15th AAF in ITALY - T.Sgt. Floyd A. Richards, 25, of Mineral Wells, Texas, Engineer gunner on a AAF B17 Flying Fortress, has been awarded the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in air combat.
Sgt. Richards came overseas July 2, 1944, and flew his first mission July 14, to bomb the oil refineries at Budapest, Hungary. He is now a veteran of over 30 long-range missions.
He enlisted in the Army July 19, 1941, and received his wings upon completion of gunnery school at Harlingen, Texas.
His wife, Mrs. Helen Irene Richards, lives at 308 W. Roosevelt Ave., Electra, Texas, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John R. Richards, reside in Mineral Wells. My uncle, Floyd, was the 3rd of 11 children born to Willie Homsley and John Robert Richards, with my father, Leon, only two years older. They had an older sister, Iwanda, who was three years older than Floyd, but she died when she was six years old. The seven boys in this family al…