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John Lee Levitow



Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky,
    Gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh,    
    Falls the night.

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, From the hills,
    From the sky.
All is well, safel
y rest,
    God is nigh.

Then good night, Peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn
    Shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear,
  Friend, good night.

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BORN:  November 01, 1945 at Hartford, CT

Entered Service in the US Air Force from New Haven, CT

Earned The Medal of Honor During the Vietnam War For heroism on February 24, 1969 at Long Binh Army Post (In the Air), Vietnam

DIED:  November 8, 2000 at the age of 55

Airman First Class John Levitow was loadmaster on an AC-47 gunship on a mission near Long Binh Army Post on the night of February 24, 1969 when his aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire. The enemy fire penetrated the skin of the AC-47, wounding half the crew and causing the aircraft to go out of control. As the AC-47 was buffeted about, it released and activated an aerial flare within the airplane. Though badly and painfully wounded, 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.



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