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Name: 1LT James Emil Pavlicek, Jr.
Status: Killed In Action from an incident on 11/03/1967 while performing the duty of Pilot.
Age at death: 25.0
Date of Birth: 10/18/1942
Home City: Hereford, TX
Service: IN branch of the reserve component of the U.S. Army.
Unit: B/4 AVN 4 INF
Major organization: 4th Infantry Division
Flight class: 66-10
Service: IN branch of the U.S. Army.
The Wall location: 29E-017
Short Summary: Night gun run - shot down. Awarded the Father Corby Award for Military Achievement at U. Notre Dame 31 Oct 87. W/CW2 Thomas
Aircraft: UH-1C tail number 66-00538
Call sign: GAMBLER 6
Service number: O5536063
Country: South Vietnam
MOS: 1981 = 19 Rotary Wing Aviator (Unit Commander)
Primary cause: Hostile Fire
Major attributing cause: aircraft connected not at sea
Compliment cause: weapons
Vehicle involved: helicopter
Position in vehicle: aircraft commander
Started Tour: 01/12/1967
"Official" listing: helicopter air casualty - other aircrew
Length of service: 02
Location: Darlac Province II Corps.

Additional information about this casualty:
The other pilot with Pavlicek was CW2 Thomas who was at the controls. Robert Shinner was Pavlicek's replacement and understudy and was to fly with him the next day. Pavlicek screamed pull out 2 1/2 times before they hit. It could have been either target fixation or a shot down. They were under heavy fire. Shinner witnessed from the wing gun. It was at night in haze but visibility in the area was good at the time. It was a fire base being overrun at 1 or 2 in the morning. Pavlicek's father is a WWII vet - Inf. CPT.

Reason: aircraft lost or crashed
Casualty type: Non-hostile - died while missing
single male U.S. citizen
Race: Caucasian
Religion: Roman Catholic
The following information secondary, but may help in explaining this incident.
Category of casualty as defined by the Army: non-battle dead Category of personnel: active duty Army Military class: officer
This record was last updated on 08/20/1995

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