Airman First Class John Lee Levitow Historical

Airman First Class John Lee Levitow Historical (HM1VRX)

Location: Hurlburt Field, FL 32544 Okaloosa County
Country: United States of America

N 30° 24.871', W 86° 42.012'

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3rd Special Operations Squadron

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.
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HM NumberHM1VRX
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Placed ByThe Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16R E 528794 N 3364756
Decimal Degrees30.41451667, -86.70020000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 30° 24.871', W 86° 42.012'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds30° 24' 52.26" N, 86° 42' 0.72" W
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Area Code(s)850
Closest Postal AddressAt or near Oneal Ave, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, US
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