William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial
This Central High School graduate was one of the outstanding officers of the Marine Corps at the time of his death. His heroic service in Vietnam earned him the Navy Cross, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit with two gold stars, the Air Medal with one gold star, and three Purple Hearts. He served as commander of the brigade of midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy during his senior year.
Lt. Colonel Leftwich was a patriot in the highest sense of the word, supporting the decisions of the leaders of our country with a quiet, competent performance of duty. He died because his concept of duty called for his personal attention to the needs of his men in trouble.
Location. 35° 6.924′ N, 89° 55.317′ W. Marker is in Memphis, Tennessee, in Shelby County. Marker is at the intersection of Southern Ave., on the left when traveling west on Southern Ave.. Touch for map. Located at the Leftwich Tennis Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4145 Southern Ave., Memphis TN 38117, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Second Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gen. James M. Kennedy Hospital (approx. 0.8 miles away); Eudora Baptist Church (approx. 0.9 miles away); This flagpole is dedicated to the men and women of the United States military services (approx. 0.9 miles away); J. Millard "Jack" Smith (approx. 0.9 miles away); Memphis State Eight (approx. 0.9 miles away); Tom (approx. 0.9 miles away); Normal Station Neighborhood (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Memphis.
More about this marker. Near Audubon Park
Also see . . .
1. Leftwich Trophy Recipients. Marine Corps trophy which is awarded to the outstanding captain in the Fleet Marine Force. It is named for William G. Leftwich Jr, (Submitted on June 15, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee.)
2. Lieutenant Colonel William Groom Leftwich, Jr., USMC (Deceased). Marine biography of William G. Leftwich, Jr. (Submitted on June 15, 2015.)
Categories. 20th Century • War, Vietnam •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 22, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 397 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on May 28, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 22, 2015, by Steve Masler of Memphis, Tennessee. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.