JAMES E PAVLICEK JR
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HONORED ON PANEL 29E, LINE 17 OF THE WALL

JAMES EMIL PAVLICEK JR

WALL NAME

JAMES E PAVLICEK JR

PANEL / LINE

29E/17

DATE OF BIRTH

10/18/1942

CASUALTY PROVINCE

DARLAC

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/03/1967

HOME OF RECORD

HEREFORD

COUNTY OF RECORD

Deaf Smith County

STATE

TX

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES EMIL PAVLICEK JR
POSTED ON 4.23.2022
POSTED BY: Donita Allred Rule

In memory of James Emil “Kim” Pavilchek

Jim, I am three years younger than you, but remember you from high school. I remember when you joined the Army and was sent to Vietnam. We were so proud of your commitment to serve the United States. But your casualty broke our hearts. You were so young! You were committed and dedicated to serve your country and gave your life at such a young age. Thank you Jim! I want to honor your memory and am writing your story to be published in a magazine in Lubbock that will be published in the September edition which will be dedicated to veterans.
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POSTED ON 11.11.2021
POSTED BY: Robbie Albracht

Today

I think of you today on Veteran's Day. I really never knew you, but knew and so respected your loving parents.
I pray you are reunited with them now.
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POSTED ON 6.1.2021
POSTED BY: Drew L. Kershen

Memorial Day 2021

Dear Jim,
I have thought of you so many times through the years since attending your funeral at St. Anthonys. We grew up together in Hereford. We attended Notre Dame, with you two years ahead of me. We traveled several times together back and forth from South Bend to Hereford. You gave me a piece of advice I have always remembered: "Always be proud that you are from Hereford." I have visited your grave many times at St. Anthony's cemetery where your grave (and the Pavlicek plot) is just a few feet from my parents' graves. I have cried at the Vietnam Memorial as I touched your name.
Jim, I regret that you did not get a full life. I am proud of you and honored that I knew you. I remember your entire family -- parents, sisters, brother -- with fondness and respect. God bless the Pavlicek family.
Drew
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POSTED ON 5.23.2021

Final Mission of 1LT James E. Pavlicek Jr.

At 10:13 PM on November 3, 1967, a 4th Infantry Division firebase in Darlac Province, RVN, manned by Company C, 1st Battalion, 22d Infantry, came under a North Vietnamese Army (NVA) mortar barrage followed by a ground attack. The base perimeter was probed from three sides, and by 10:55 PM, the attack had become so intense that the unit had to lower their howitzers tubes to direct fire angles to keep their perimeter intact. The attack lasted until 1:30 AM when the enemy withdrew. A dawn sweep outside the base resulted in twenty-four NVA bodies and one prisoner of war. Friendly losses from the encounter were one U.S. killed, SP5 Gary L. Hensley from D Battery, 5th Battalion, 16th Artillery, and eighteen wounded. A 4th Aviation Battalion gunship flying in support of the contact crashed and burned with the loss of all crew members. The aircraft, a U.S. Army helicopter UH-1C (tail number 66-00538), was making a gun run supporting the ground unit being overrun when the ship came under heavy fire. The helicopter, possibly damaged from the ground fire, flew into trees and exploded. Personnel in a wing gunship overheard aircraft commander 1LT James E. Pavlicek Jr. scream “Pull out!” two and a half times before they hit. Witnesses in the supporting gunship reported that the crash may have been caused by either target-fixation or enemy fire. Despite being a hazy night, the visibility in the area was reported to be good at the time. Ground troops located the crash site the following day. The lost crewmen included Pavlicek, co-pilot WO1 David E. Thomas, crew chief SP4 James E. Anderson, and gunner SP4 Randall W. Ernsberger. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, vhpa.org, and “Lessons Learned, 4th Infantry Division, Period ending 31 January 1968” at cacti35th.com]
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POSTED ON 4.7.2021
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt James Pavlicek, Thank you for your service as a Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander - Helicopter Pilot. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. It is Easter Wednesday. Time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage and faithfulness, especially now. Rest in peace with the angels.
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