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William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial

Semper Fidelis

 
 
William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, May 22, 2015
1. William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Marker
Inscription. This monument is erected to preserve the memory of William G. Leftwich, Jr., Lt. Colonel, United States Marine Corps. A native Memphian who lost his life on November 18, 1970, when the helicopter carrying him and members of a reconnaissance team he had rescued from enemy territory crashed into a mountainside in South Vietnam. At the time of his death, he was commanding officer, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.

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

William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, May 21, 2015
2. William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Marker
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.
 
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 CenturyWar, Vietnam
 
Site view William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Masler, May 21, 2015
3. Site view William G. Leftwich, Jr. Memorial Marker
 
 
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 264 times since then and 39 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.
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