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John L. Levitow
Birth: Nov. 1, 1945
Death: Nov. 8, 2000

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. One of only 16 airmen awarded that decoration for exceptional heroism during wartime, he was the lowest ranking airman to earn the Medal, receiving it as a result of an incident on February 24, 1969. At that time, he was an Airman First Class serving as loadmaster aboard a severely damaged AC-47 gunship flying a mission over Long Bihn, South Vietnam. Suffering from more than 40 shrapnel wounds in his back and legs caused by a mortar blast, he saw a smoking magnesium flare amid a jumble of spilled ammunition canisters. Despite loss of blood and partial loss of feeling in his right leg, the 23-year-old threw himself on the flare, hugged it close, dragged himself toward an open cargo door and hurled the flare out. Almost simultaneously, the flare ignited harmlessly outside the door and away from the munitions. President Richard M. Nixon presented the Medal of Honor to Levitow on Armed Forces Day, May 14, 1970, at the White House. After Levitow left the Air Force, he worked in the field of Veteran's Affairs for more than 22 years. At the time of his death he was in Connecticut, developing and designing veteran programs. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett) 

Cause of death: cancer
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 66, Site 7107, map grid DD/17
 
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Record added: Dec 31, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 19246
John L. Levitow
Added by: Warrick L. Barrett
 
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