3rd Special Operations SquadronAirman 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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|Placed By||The Hurlburt Field Memorial Air Park Council|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Saturday, November 19th, 2016 at 1:02pm PST -08:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||16R E 528794 N 3364756|
|Decimal Degrees||30.41451667, -86.70020000|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 30° 24.871', W 86° 42.012'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||30° 24' 52.26" N, 86° 42' 0.72" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near Oneal Ave, Hurlburt Field FL 32544, US|
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