May 9, 2015

John Levulis - an American soldier killed in New Jersey

John Levulis
First Lieutenant John Levulis, age 25, of Eden, New York, died in the line of duty on May 7, 2015, at a hospital in Trenton, New Jersey.

John was assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team based at Fort Drum, New York.

On May 1, 2015, John and three other soldiers were travelling in a Humvee on the New Jersey Turnpike. They were part of a 12 vehicle military convoy. The men were travelling from Fort Drum in New York to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst which is 18 miles southeast of Trenton.

A car behind them tried to pass the Humvee, clipping it and sending it veering off the turnpike into a tree. The driver of the Humvee was thrown from the vehicle. All three passengers were injured.

John was rushed to a nearby hospital where tragically he succumbed to his injuries 6 days later.

Ramdel Magloire, age 43, of Hackensack, New Jersey, has been charged with reckless driving. A passenger in his car was also hurt in the crash.

John graduated from Eden High School in 2008, where he played basketball and lacrosse.  He was proud of his hometown. 

Light a candle for John. Light his
way to Heaven. 
He attended Niagara University in New York and was awarded a degree in criminal justice in 2012. He was commissioned following graduation and was stationed at Fort Drum where he served as a heavy weapons platoon leader. 

John was deployed to Afghanistan in May of 2013. 

His awards include the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Medal, Overseas Service Medal, NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, and Parachutist Badge. 

A funding page has been established to help the family with expenses. 

John's military comrades are in mourning over the death of their young brother. He was a respected member of his team. He was a born leader. He will be forever remembered.

Friends describe John as engaging, pleasant and fun to be around. He will be forever missed. 

John's loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He had wanted to be a soldier since he was a kid. He planned on going into law enforcement after he left the Army. He was a brave young man. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

John is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members including his parents, Gary and Barbara Levulis; and his wife, Julianne.

Thank you for your service to your country, John. 

Pray for all who die in the line of duty.

Pray for all who die by misadventure. They are with us one moment and are gone before we can say goodbye.

Pray that John is in heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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