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Floyd Wayne Strange

Floyd Wayne Strange
Born May 1, 1946
Died Dec. 2, 1967
Service Branch Army
Rank Chief Warrant Officer
Rating or Job Helicopter Pilot
Campaign Viet Nam
Military Citations  

CWO Floyd Wayne Strange

May 1, 1946 - Dec. 2, 1967


As he grew up in Chico. Floyd Strange developed a fondness for water skiing and golf. But he especially liked flying and planned to pilot helicopters when he got out of the service. He graduated from Chico High in 1964 and attended three colleges, the last one Chico State.

In 1966 he joined the Army, and from boot camp went to helicopter pilots’ school.

Strange married his high school sweetheart during a leave and they lived several months together at Ft. Riley, Kansas.

He left by ship for Vietnam on Oct. 10, 1967 and arrived three weeks later.

He was in-country just over two weeks when one rainy night he and his crew were assigned to ferry a Korean officer back to his unit in the mountains. None of them was ever seen again.

Floyd Strange was listed as missing until 1978 when the U.S. government made a “presumptive finding of death.” His remains have never been found, although sketchy reports from Vietnam have mentioned discovery of his dog tags.

Floyd Strange has a daughter—now 20 years old—who he never met.

Chico News & Review, May 26, 1988



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