A section of Highway 119 has been named in honor of Chief Hospital Corpsman Allison Jones Levy. Mile marker 25 to mile marker 26 near Payne Gap now carries her name.
A road dedication ceremony was held Sept. 1 at the Letcher County Veterans Memorial Museum in Whitesburg. Levy arrived at the museum aboard a Whitesburg Fire Department fire truck, and a Civil War cannon was fired by Richard Brown, Wendell Brown and Glen Brown.
During the ceremony, Levy was presented with a framed copy of the Letcher Fiscal Court resolution naming the road in her honor by Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward, and a copy of the State of Kentucky resolution by State Rep. Leslie Combs. Darrell Holbrook of the Veterans Museum gave Levy a plaque from the family, while Letcher County Sheriff Danny Webb unveiled the highway sign bearing her name.
Levy’s retirement flag was raised at the Veterans Museum by Arius Holbrook Jr. and Rick Fleming. The flag has flown over the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. and the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. After the ceremony, State Rep. Combs delivered the flag to the State Capitol Building in Frankfort, where it flew Sept. 9, 10 and 11 in honor of Levy.
The event ended with Levy firing the Civil War cannon.
Levy is the daughter of the late Allen and Iva Lee McCray Jones. She was valedictorian of her 1983 graduating class at Martha Jane Potter Elementary School and a 1987 graduate of Fleming-Neon High School, where she received an advanced diploma. She attended Alice Lloyd College and Eastern Kentucky University, and received a bachelor of science degree in environmental resources.
Levy joined the U.S. Navy in 1993, and earned a master’s degree in environmental management from the University of Maryland. Her awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Naval Reserve Meritorious Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and Overseas Duty Ribbon.
She served as military support for both the George W. Bush and Barrack Obama presidential inaugurations, and on Sept. 11, 2001 was working at her office in a building very near The Pentagon when it was hit by an airplane piloted by terrorists.
In June of 1994, she married Jason Levy and their daughter, Samantha, was born Dec. 1, 1995, in Okinawa, Japan. The family now makes its home in Vienna, Va., near Washington, D.C.