LEFTWICH, RAYMOND FRANCIS  

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Casualty Record

 

Name:
LEFTWICH, RAYMOND FRANCIS


Rank / Branch:
TSGT, E-6, U. S. AIR FORCE


Unit:
7th AIR FORCE


Date of Birth:
1925-09-20


Date of Loss:
1967-03-09


Country of Loss:
SOUTH VIETNAM


Loss Coordinates:
QUANG NGAI


Status:
HOSTILE, CRASH


Category:
BODY RECOVERED


Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground:
RC-47P


Awards & Decorations:
SEE BIO


Other:
MARRIED

 

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Veteran Hagiography

RAYMOND FRANCIS LEFTWICH, TECHNICAL SERGEANT, U.S. AIR FORCE, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Air Medal, Purple Heart,  Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Army Air Corp, Good Conduct Medal with 3 Bronze Loops, Air Force Longevity Medal with 4 Bronze Loops, National Defense Service Medal with  Bronze Service Star, American Campaign Medal-World War II, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal-Germany, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

TSgt Leftwich was a Fort Scott, Kansas native. He was a veteran of WWII, having enlisted at age 17, served as a radioman and served in the Pacific, saw duty in B-25s and B-29s. He served in Germany during the Occupation and also served in several stateside bases. He was married to Betty Carolyn of San Angelo, Texas. He served at Goodfellow Air Force Base and was trained Air Force Security operations.  He considered San Angelo his home.

Sgt Leftwich-1964

He began his tour in Vietnam on October 17, 1966 and was assigned as a senior radioman with Detachment I, 6994th Security Squadron. He was detached and was flying with the 361st Tactical Recon Squadron on March 9, 1967 as a senior radioman and directional finder. The EC-47 was conducting a radio directional finder mission and secondary psyop operations and was designated "Tide 86." The aircraft was lost. The aircraft was subsequently located two days later about seven miles south of Duc Pho.  All seven crewman were dead. In the subsequent investigation it was determined that the aircraft was shot down.

TSgt Leftwich in Vietnam-1967

TSgt Lefwich was buried with full military honors at the Arlington National Cemetery.

On June 29, 1984, a dormitory on Security Hill at Goodfellow Air Base in San Angelo was named in his honor.

Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia

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