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Lt. Gen. Lloyd R. Leavitt USAF (Ret.)

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November 18, 1928 - March 14, 2016
Lloyd R. Leavitt,87, of Fair Oaks Ranch, passed away on March 14, 2016. He was born on November 18, 1928, in Alpena, MI to the late Lloyd and Grace Leavitt. Lieutenant General Leavitt participated in the long Cold War. He flew 100 missions in F-84s during the Korean War. 3 years of flying SAC F-84Fs led to 4 years in the top secret U-2 program. He was a B-52H aircraft commander in the first B-52H wing and witnessed the Cuban missile crisis before moving to the Pentagon as a systems analyst. He flew 152 combat missions in the Vietnam War while serving as vice-commander, 8th TFW, and commander, 432d TRFW. He was Deputy J-3 JCS when his staff planned Linebacker II that ended the Vietnam War and later coordinated the massive airlift to Israel during the Yom Kippur War. He led the joint service team to Israel and wrote the "lessons learned" from that violent, modern war. After retiring in 1981, he entered business but consulted on arms control until the Cold War ended in 1989. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne Leavitt; daughters: Chris Davies and Mary Tiffany (Mark); son: Lloyd Leavitt (Jo); 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held at St. Helena's Episcopal Church in Boerne, TX.

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Published in Express-News on Mar. 22, 2016
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