ROBERT H PILK
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HONORED ON PANEL 9W, LINE 70 OF THE WALL

ROBERT HARRISON PILK

WALL NAME

ROBERT H PILK

PANEL / LINE

9W/70

DATE OF BIRTH

08/18/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

BINH DINH

DATE OF CASUALTY

06/19/1970

HOME OF RECORD

WEWAHITCHKA

COUNTY OF RECORD

Gulf County

STATE

FL

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

SFC

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR ROBERT HARRISON PILK
POSTED ON 12.8.2003
POSTED BY: Robert Tobyas Ziegelmann, M.D.

A Hero Remembered

My father served with SFC Pilk in Vietnam. He counts him as a hero, and in many ways, I feel I am on this earth in part because of the ultimate sacrifice that he paid. I had the pleasure of visiting the wall recently and was moved by the experience. I am honored to bear the name of this young American hero; whom I will never forget.
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POSTED ON 1.9.2003
POSTED BY: WO1 Lori Gaff

Observer/Gunner.

I never knew SFC Pilk. He was killed in June of 1970 when I was a few months old, but my friend, Bruce Carlson related this story (below) to me about him. I thought it was an interesting story and when I saw the picture I asked if I could post it here. Photo Credit: Gary Phillips

SGT Pilk was an Observer/Gunner on an OH-6 Little Bird.

"We only flew with ONE pilot. The CoPilot seat was filled with an observer/gunner. Sometimes, we removed that cyclic and replaced it with just a short wooden stick. They used the short stick like a cyclic. It didn't interfere with the M-60. In turn, it functioned as a cyclic without any electronics. We tried to teach our observer/gunner/crew chiefs to fly and some could almost make a landing. I know of one incident when Pop Kramer was hit and passed out where the observer (SGT Bob Pilk) got the bird down. (Though he did roll it up!) Both survived.

Sadly SFC Pilk was killed later ... "
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