Glastonbury in Hartford County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
John Lee Levitow
John Lee Levitow
Sergeant, United States Air Force
3rd Special Operations Squadron
Congressional Medal of Honor
President Richard M. Nixon
May 14, 1970
For conspicuous gallantry on the night of
February 24, 1969, Long Binh Army Post,
Republic of Vietnam
(plaque in front of the marker)
On the night of 24 February 1989, providing fire support for a beleaguered U.S. Army at Long Binh, South Vietnam, A/1c Levitow’s AC47 gunship, ‘Spooky 71’, was struck by a hostile mortar round, which ripped a two-foot hole through on wing and sprayed the cargo compartment with shrapnel. Though bleeding from 47 shrapnel wounds, A/1c Levitow was crawling to the aid of two wounded companions when he spotted an armed magnesium flare rolling on the floor of the wildly pitching aircraft. Recognizing the imminent danger to the aircraft and crew, and ignoring the pain and shock of his own multiple wounds, A/1c Levitow threw himself bodily on the smoking 27-pound flare, dragged it to the rear of the aircraft and hurled it through the open cargo door. At that instant the flare separated and ignited clear of the aircraft. By his heroic action, A/1c Levitow was credited with saving the aircraft and its entire crew from
Location. 41° 42.064′ N, 72° 36.343′ W. Marker is in Glastonbury, Connecticut, in Hartford County. Marker is at the intersection of Hubbard Street and Green Cemetery Road, on the right when traveling west on Hubbard Street. Click for map. Located in Green Park. Marker is in this post office area: Glastonbury CT 06033, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glastonbury Vietnam Conflict Memorial (here, next to this marker); Glastonbury Soldiers Monument (here, next to this marker); Glastonbury World War I Monument (here, next to this marker); Glastonbury Revolutionary War Monument (here, next to this marker); Glastonbury Korean War Memorial (here, next to this marker); Glastonbury War II Memorial (a few steps from this marker); First Meeting House (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glastonbury War II Monument (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Glastonbury.
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker.
Also see . . . John Lee Levitow, Nightmare on Spooky 71 at "Home of Heroes". (Submitted on October 17, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
Categories. • Heroes • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page was last revised on October 17, 2016.