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Leonard P. Matlovich
Birth: Jul. 6, 1943
Death: Jun. 22, 1988
San Francisco
California, USA

Social Reformer. A Technical Sergeant in the United States Air Force, he was a proud, gay veteran who challenged the Air Force policy on automatically discharging gay service members as "unfit for military service." In 1975, a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War with 15 years of service, he openly announced his sexual orientation, and the Air Force promptly discharged him. In 1980, he successfully sued the Air Force for reinstatement, and the court ordered the Air Force to allow him to rejoin the Air Force. However, he settled for a one time payment of $160,000 from the Air Force, and did not retire. The case ruling allowed gay men and women to remain in the military as long as they abstained from any form of sexual activity and kept "in the closet." Later, he lived in San Francisco, California, and became active in the Gay Rights movement. His court case was made into a TV-Movie "Sergeant Matlovich vs. the US Air Force" and was telecast on August 21, 1978. 

Cause of death: AIDS 
Inscription:
A gay Vietnam Veteran. When I was in the military they gave me a medal for killing two men and a discharge for loving one.
 
Burial:
Congressional Cemetery
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Range 20, Site 161-162
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 1, 2014

- susanews
 Added: May. 26, 2014
thank you for your service to our country.
- LINDA /the night nurse
 Added: Apr. 8, 2014
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