February 24, 1969 : Airman wins Medal of Honor for action on this day

Introduction

After a North Vietnamese mortar shells rocks their Douglas AC-47 gunship, Airman First Class John L. Levitow throws himself on an activated, smoking magnesium flare, drags himself and the flare to the open cargo door, and tosses it out of the aircraft just before it ignites. For saving his fellow crewmembers and the gunship, Airman Levitow was later awarded the Medal of Honor. He was one of only two enlisted airmen to win the Medal of Honor for service in Vietnam and was one of only five enlisted airmen ever to win the medal.

Article Details:

February 24, 1969 : Airman wins Medal of Honor for action on this day

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    February 24, 1969 : Airman wins Medal of Honor for action on this day

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/airman-wins-medal-of-honor-for-action-on-this-day

  • Access Date

    November 21, 2017

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks