Levitow, John Lee, Sgt

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60750A-Aircraft Loadmaster
Last AFSC Group
Air Operations
Primary Unit
1968-1969, 1A2X1, 3rd Special Operations Squadron
Service Years
1966 - 1970
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Date of Passing
Nov 08, 2000
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
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Name: John Lee Levitow
Birth Date: 1 Nov 1945
Death Date: 8 Nov 2000
Service Start Date: 4 Jun 1966
Interment Date: 17 Nov 2000
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery
Cemetery Address: C/O Director Arlington, VA 22211
Buried At: Section 66 Site 7107
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The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor

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. New Haven, Conn. Born: 1 November 1945, Hartford, Conn.
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.

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First flight Dec. 23, 1941
Model Number C-47/R4D
Wingspan 95 feet 6 inches
Wingarea: 987 Sq Ft
Length 63 feet 9 inches
Height 17 feet
Service ceiling 24,000 feet
Normal range 1,600 miles
Maximum range 3,800 miles
Empty Weight: 16,970 lbs
Fully Loaded Weight: 33,000 lbs
Cruise speed 160 mph
Power plant Two 1,200 horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engines
Accommodation Three crew and 6,000 pounds of cargo, or 28 airborne troops, or 14 stretcher patients and three attendants

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