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Hurlburt Field in Okaloosa County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Airman First Class John Lee Levitow

3rd Special Operations Squadron

 
 
Airman First Class John Lee Levitow Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
1. Airman First Class John Lee Levitow Marker
Inscription. Airman First Class John Levitow was a loadmaster aboard a C-47 gunship on a night combat air patrol mission near Long Binh Army Post, Republic of Vietnam, 24 February 1969. His aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire. The enemy fire wounded half the crew, caused the aircraft to go out of control and released an activated aerial flare within the plane. Though badly wounded and in great pain, Airman Levitow dragged himself forward, fell on the smoking flare and then hurled it from the aircraft just before it ignited. His quick and decisive action at the risk of his own life saved the airplane and the lives of his comrades. Airman Levitow was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Nixon on 14 May 1970.
 
Erected by the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Medal of Honor Recipients marker series.
 
Location. 30° 24.871′ N, 86° 42.012′ W. Marker is in Hurlburt Field, Florida, in Okaloosa County. Marker can be reached from Oneal Avenue. Touch for map. Located at the Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park and access to the base is restricted. Marker is at or near this postal address: 315 Independence Road, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers
Airman First Class John Lee Levitow Marker and AC-47 aircraft. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, November 17, 2016
2. Airman First Class John Lee Levitow Marker and AC-47 aircraft.
are within walking distance of this marker. C-47 Sky Train (here, next to this marker); Montagnard Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Bird Air Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Hmong Special Guerrilla Units (a few steps from this marker); Air America Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Spooky (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of The American Gold Star Mothers (a few steps from this marker); Medal of Honor Recipients (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hurlburt Field.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Similar AC-47 aircraft.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wikipedia article on John Levitow. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Air Mobility Command Museum article on Airman First Class John L. Levitow. (Submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceHeroesWar, Vietnam
 
Airman First Class John Lee Levitow wearing the Medal of Honor. image. Click for full size.
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3. Airman First Class John Lee Levitow wearing the Medal of Honor.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 127 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 19, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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