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 John L. Levitow

John L. Levitow

Birth
Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Death 8 Nov 2000 (aged 55)
Rocky Hill, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 66, Site 7107, map grid DD/17
Memorial ID 19246 · View Source
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Vietnam 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


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  • Added: 31 Dec 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 19246
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John L. Levitow (1 Nov 1945–8 Nov 2000), Find A Grave Memorial no. 19246, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .