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MYRON BENJAMIN LEVI
I was born in Fresno, California on January 13, 1920 and attended the first year of elementary school there. We then moved to Petaluma where I spent my second school year. Then we moved back to the central valley where we lived in Hanford for the rest of my growing years. After high school, I enrolled at U.C.L.A. but had to leave when my father, Morris Levi, had his heart attack in 1940.
In 1942, I enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served until the latter part of 1945 when I was discharged as a Captain. During the second world war, I served as a navigator on heavy bombers in the European Theater.
After the war, I returned to Hanford and entered the furniture business with my folks. In 1960, I sold the business to two of my employees. Since that time, I have been engaged in land development and construction.
I met Marge Westfall in 1947 at Hanford where she was a school principal and taught primary grades. She came from Minnesota during the war to work at Lockheed Aircraft in their Glendale plant. She quit and took a teaching job in Hanford. We were married on June 30, 1948 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
We have five children. I got to name the boys and Marge got to name the girls. Since we had 4 boys and 1 girl, she only got to name our daughter, Leila. he names of all five and what they do are as follows:
1. ATOM LEVI, born 14 April 1950, is a real estate appraiser in Bakersfield
2. TAO LEVI, born 9 October 1953, works in cable television, lives in Oakhurst
3. LEILA LEVI, born 24 October 1954, Fine Arts and teacher, lives in Venice, CA
4. POLARIS LEVI, born 2 November 1955, electronic game repairman in Fresno
5. ORION LEVI, born 22 November 1958, attends school in Fresno
In Hanford, we participated in many activities of the local community. I was elected to the Hanford Elementary School Board, was Chairman of the Kings County Economic Opportunities Commission, was a member of the Committee of Twelve for the #198 Freeway, and was a Director of the Hanford District Hospital Board.
We lived in Hanford until 1965, at which time we leased a home in Belvedere-Tiburon, a community north of San Francisco. We lived there for one year. While there, the kids were enrolled in school and I frequently commuted to Hanford. During that year, we tried to live as tourists, taking in the points of interest in the Bay area. We had season tickets for the theatre, the ballett [sic] and many other cultural events.
In 1966, we bought a home in the Seattle area, on the lake on Evergreen Point near Bellevue Washington, and I was involved in development and construction.
In 1967, I built a house in Visalia and we all moved again. Atom had already finished High Schoolin Bellevue but the other four of our children graduated Visalia High School.
As a family, we were very active in the anti-war activities during the Viet Nam war.
Marge and I presently (January 1989) live very near the entrance to Sequoia National Park but we intend to move back to Visalia in the near future.
EDITOR: Myron didn't mention that in 1988 he had a heart problem resulting in multiple coronary artery bypass surgery, which was successful. Myron's parents were Morris Levi (born in Russia as Moshe Lewin) and Annie Levi (born in Russia as Annie Paltiel).
Myron Levi Promoted To First Lieutenant
From "Somewhere in ENgland" Mr. and Mrs. Morris Levi have received a letter from their son, Lt. Myron Levi of the 18th Bombing Squadron, in which he states that he received promotion to first lieutenancy on July 14.
This squadron makes an average of 1½ missions per week. Lt. Levi said he still has eighteen missions to make before being "completed."
"The weather was quite nasty until yesterday, but these last two days have been beautiful and if it will only keep up for a little while we can get some good licks in," he writes.
He also mentioned having a letter from Jack Craghill and that he intended to "run over and see him soon." His is a lead squadron and the crew gets a two-day pass every two weeks.
Lt. Myron Levi Making Many Raid Missions
Two interesting letters have been received by Mr. and Mrs. M. Levi, from their son, Lt. Myron Levi, who is lead navigator of his squadron, in England. He had made eight missions up to June 21 and was "still going strong," he said. The first six missions entitle a squad member to the initial award, which is the "Air Medal" and each six additional missions entitle the man to an oak leaf cluster, hence he shortly will have the first "cluster" if he has not already received it.
Also his whole group has been awarded some sort of a special decoration, but at the time he wrote he was not sure what it was for.
In one of the letters he mentioned seeing Joaquin Fernandes, who was a local classmate of his. Fernandes is with the same group, but in another squadron as a radio mechanic.
Lt. Levi said he was to have another two-day pass "tomorrow" and that since he had already been to London, he would go to some other place "this time."
The weather was "not good" where he was at the time he wrote and he wished he might have "some of that good old Hanford sunshine."
Flying Cross Awarded to Lt. Myron Levi
An Eighth Air Force Bomber Station, England -- First Lieutenant Myron B. Levi, 24, of Hanford, navigator of the B-17 Flying Fortress, "The Uninvited," has won the Distinguished Flying Cross for "extraordinary achievement ... cool courage and devotion to duty" during Eighth Air Force bombing attacks on military and industrial targets throughout Germany and Nazi occupied Europe.
He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Levi.
A member of the 34th Bomb. Group and a veteran of many heavy bombardment missions in the European Theater of Operations, Lt. Levi has participated in aerial assaults on Nazi airfields, "buzz-bomb" launching platforms, munition manufacturing plants and tactical targets in support of the Allied armies on the road t Berlin.
In recalling the highlights of his combat career the navigator declared that the attack on Nazi troop positions for several reasons is especially memoriable. "First, we did a good job," he said. "Our bombs apparently softened German resistance for an Allied break-through both at St. Lo and Caen.
"Moreover, I have another reason for remembering Caen rather easily. Our plane was severely damaged by Nazi flak. The controls were shot away and the landing gear hit. We encountered difficulty making a safe landing, since one of the tires was also flat. The plane did skid off the runway but nobody was hurt."
A member of the Third Bombardment Division, cited by the President for its now historic England-Africa shuttle bombing of Messerschmitt plants at Regensburg, Germany, Lt. Levi also holds the Air Medal and three Oak Leaf Clusters for "meritorious achievement" during aerial warfare.
Award of Air Medal to Levi Confirmed
An Eighth Air Force Bomber Station, England -- Second Lieutenant Myron B. Levi, 24, Hanford, navigator on the B-23 Liberator "Uninvited", of the Third Heavy Bombardment Division of the Eighth Air Force, has been awarded the Air Medal for "meritorious achievement ... coolness, courage and skill" during bombing attacks on Nazi war making installations.
In awarding the Air Medal to Lt. Levi, Colonel Ernest F. Wackwitz, Jr., commanding officer of this B-24 Liberator unit, commended the flyer's "successful participation in bombing attacks which are knocking out Nazi resistance and helping to insure [sic] victory for the Allied Armies' invasion of Western Europe."
Family Reunion Marks Passover At Levi Home
Traditional Passover services were observed recently at a family reunion of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Levi, 1602 N. Whitmore street.
Mrs. Levi's brother, Sam Lazarus of Napa, conducted the services.
Dinner was served at a table which was decorated with spring flowers from the hosts' garden. The floral pieces were arrangd by Mrs. Harry Joseph, who formerly operated a floral shop in Los Angeles.
Motion pictures of the group were taken by Mickey Lazarus of Oakland.
The gathering represented four generations of the Lazarus family. In attendance were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Lazarus and their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Baylinson, the Baylinsons' daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. H. Parks Barnhill, and their four-month-old son, Michael Elliott Barnhill, all of Napa.
Others present included Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lazarus and Nathan Lazarus of Napa; Mr. and Mrs. Ben Lazarus and Hilel Don of Delano; Mr. and Mrs. Jack Goldberg and son, Neil of Modesto; Mr. and Mrs. Mickey H. Lazarus of Oakland; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Joseph of Los Angeles; Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Levi, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Levi, and Mr. and Mrs. Ben F. Ceitlin, all of Fresno, in addition to the hosts and their son, Myron Levi.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF ATOM LEVI
I was born on April 14, 1950 to Myron and Marge Levi in Hanford, California. I was raised in Hanford through the second year of High School when, as a family, we omved there. The next year we moved to Bellevue, Washington where my dad was involved in Real Estate Development and I graduated High School there. The next year, we moved to Visalia where I attended the College of the Sequoias, graduating in 1974 with a two year degree in Real Estate/Business.
While attending college, I worked in construction and sold Real Estate for the construction company my father had at that time. I was interested in Real Estate valuation and became a candidate for the M.A.I. Designation, which means "Member, Appraisal Institute" of the American Institute of Real Estate Appraisers in 1971. The Institute is the major and oldest Real Estate valuation organization in the U.S.A. and the membership requirements include numerous education courses, verified experience credits, two theses and a final comprehensive one day examination. I was awarded the M.A.I. in 1983.
I have been self-employed since 1974 when the firm of "A. L. Appraisal Co." opened in Bakersfield, California.
I am presently unmarried and have no children that I know of.
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF TAO LEVI
I was born in Long Beach, California on October 9, 1953 and lived in Hanford, California until age 12. I then moved to Tiburon, California with my family and attended junior high school there with a strong interest in music. I was selected to the All-Marin County Orchestry as a bass clarinet player.
The following year, my family moved to Bellevue, Washington and I attended the eighth grade at Lakeside Preparatory School.
In August of 1967, the family moved to Visalia, California and I attended the Redwood High School there for four years, was the Student Body President, and graduated in 1972.
My first year in college was at the University of California at Riverside and then I spent the next two years at the College of the Sequoias in Visalia.
In 1975, I got a General Contractors License and built houses in Visalia, Hanford, Dinuba, Selma, Exeter and Lindsay. As the economy produced higher interest rates, building slowed down and I moved to Oakhurst, California which is only 30 minutes from Yosemite National Park.
In 1985, I married Linda and we reside in Oakhurst with our daughter, Tammy. I work for Northland Communications Corporation and Linda is an escrow technician with Ticor Title. Tammy is a sophomore at Yosemite High School in Oakhurst.