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Lt Col Irwin Joel "Pierre" Levy, USAF (ret.) 1923-2003.

Born May 18, 1923, in Brooklyn, NY, Lt Col Irwin Joel "Pierre" Levy, USAF (ret.), joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1941, but with the entry of the US into WWII, he transferred to the US Army Air Corps. After the war ended, Pierre tried several different professions before returning to military service. He re-enlisted and later graduated from Officers Candidate School in 1948.


During the Korean War, Pierre served as an EW officer with a RB-36 Squadron that deployed and operated from Okinawa. After 2,000 flying hours and a number of worldwide deployments Pierre was reassigned to the Strategic Air Command's SIGINT Analysis Center, where he led a team of 65 analysts as chief of european-theater analysis. From 1964-1968, he was stationed at the Pentagon, where he served in the office of the deputy chief of staff for research and development of EW and made one of his greatest contributions to the Air Force: spear-heading a project to neutralize the surface-to-air-missile threat encountered by USAF bombers and fighters in Vietnam, almost single-handedly accomplishing the conceptual phase for the Wild Weasel.

Pierre retired from the USAF in 1968, having received numerous medals and decorations, including the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Pierre was a charter member of several military associations, including the Society of Wild Weasels, which he helped to create in 1967, and the AOC. He was also a member of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association and a founding member of the American Air Museum in the UK.

In December 1999, his wife of 57 years. Miriam, passed away, and Pierre moved to Reno, NV, where he himself passed away on September 10, 2003. He is survived by two sons and five grandchildren. He was buried beside his wife Miriam in Arlington Cemetery on October 22 with full military honors.

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Title Annotation:PeopleMonitor; Biography
Publication:Journal of Electronic Defense
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Nov 1, 2003
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