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John L. Levitow Memorial Lane

 
 
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By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
1. John L. Levitow Memorial Lane Marker
Inscription.
John L. Levitow
Memorial Lane
Dedicated - November 28, 2000
In Memory of:
Sergeant John L. Levitow, U.S. Air Force
Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient
“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the
risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty.”

 
Erected 2000.
 
Location. 41° 32.837′ N, 72° 37.51′ W. Marker is in Middletown, Connecticut, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of Bow Lane and Holmes Drive, on the right when traveling east on Bow Lane. Touch for map. Located in the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 317 Bow Lane, Middletown CT 06457, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. William J. Johnston (here, next to this marker); William A. O’Neill (a few steps from this marker); In Honor Of Our Fallen Comrades (within shouting distance of this marker); Middletown and the Civil War (approx. 1.3 miles away); Middletown (approx. 1.3 miles away); Middletown Soldiers Monument
John L. Levitow grave marker. image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, November 4, 2001
2. John L. Levitow grave marker.
He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, Section 66, Site 7107. His Medal of Honor information and citation is: LEVITOW, JOHN L. • Rank and Organization: Sergeant, U.S. Air Force, 3d Special Operations Squadron • Place and Date: Long Binh Army post, Republic of Vietnam, 24 February 1969 Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Sgt. Levitow (then A1c.), U.S. Air Force, distinguished himself by exceptional heroism while assigned as a loadmaster aboard an AC-47 aircraft flying a night mission in support of Long Binh Army post. Sgt. Levitow's aircraft was struck by a hostile mortar round. The resulting explosion ripped a hole 2 feet in diameter through the wing and fragments made over 3,500 holes in the fuselage. All occupants of the cargo compartment were wounded and helplessly slammed against the floor and fuselage. The explosion tore an activated flare from the grasp of a crewmember who had been launching flares to provide illumination for Army ground troops engaged in combat. Sgt. Levitow, though stunned by the concussion of the blast and suffering from over 40 fragment wounds in the back and legs, staggered to his feet and turned to assist the man nearest to him who had been knocked down and was bleeding heavily. As he was moving his wounded comrade forward and away from the opened cargo compartment door, he saw the smoking flare ahead of him in the aisle. Realizing the danger involved and completely disregarding his own wounds, Sgt. Levitow started toward the burning flare. The aircraft was partially out of control and the flare was rolling wildly from side to side. Sgt. Levitow struggled forward despite the loss of blood from his many wounds and the partial loss of feeling in his right leg. Unable to grasp the rolling flare with his hands, he threw himself bodily upon the burning flare. Hugging the deadly device to his body, he dragged himself back to the rear of the aircraft and hurled the flare through the open cargo door. At that instant the flare separated and ignited in the air, but clear of the aircraft. Sgt. Levitow, by his selfless and heroic actions, saved the aircraft and its entire crew from certain death and destruction. Sgt. Levitow's gallantry, his profound concern for his fellowmen, at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the U.S. Air Force and reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of his country.
(approx. 1.3 miles away); Near This Site In 1750 (approx. 1.3 miles away); Henry Clay Work (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Middletown.
 
Regarding John L. Levitow Memorial Lane. John L. Levitow is interred at Arlington National Cemetery
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. A marker in John L. Levitow's hometown Glastonbury, Connecticut, and another at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Alabama
 
Categories. HeroesWar, Vietnam
 
John L. Levitow Memorial Lane Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, November 28, 2016
3. John L. Levitow Memorial Lane Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2016. This page originally submitted on December 2, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on December 2, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.   2. submitted on December 3, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234.   3. submitted on December 2, 2016, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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