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William G. Leftwich, Jr.

Southern Avenue, Memphis, TN , USA

Latitude & Longitude: 35° 6' 55.953252", -89° 55' 17.215788"
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Semper Fidelis
His Monument Is Erected To Preserve The Memory Of William G. Leftwich, Jr.,
Lt. Colonel, United States Marine Corps. A Native Memphian Who Lost His Life
On November 18, 1970 When The Helicopter Carrying Him And Members Of A
Reconnaissance Team He Had Rescued From Enemy Territory Crashed Into A
Mountainside In South Vietnam. At The Time Of His Death, He Was Commanding
Officer, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division.
This Central High Graduate Was One Of The Outstanding Officers Of The Marine
Corps At The Time Of His Death. His Heroic Service In Vietnam Earned Him The
Navy Cross, The Silver Star, The Legion Of Merit With Two Gold Stars, The Air
Metal With One Gold Star, And Three Purple Hearts. He Served As Commander Of
The Brigade Of Midshipmen At The United States Naval Academy During His Senior
Year. Lt. Colonel Leftwich Was A Patriot In The Highest Sense Of The Word,
Supporting The Decisions Of The Leaders Of Our Country With A Quiet, Competent
Performance Of Duty. He Died Because His Concept Of Duty Called For His
Personal Attention To The Needs Of Men In Trouble.

Last updated: 2/14/2015 15:17:00
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