Jilcott, Charles B., Jr., CPT

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Service Branch
Aviation
Last Primary MOS
1981-Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander
Last MOS Group
Aviation (Officer)
Primary Unit
1967-1968, 1981, 240th Assault Helicopter Company, 214th Aviation Battalion
Service Years
1966 - 1968

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Home State
Indiana
Indiana
Year of Birth
1944
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Logansport
Last Address
Logansport, Indiana

Casualty Date
Mar 08, 1968
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Dinh Tuong (Vietnam)
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Raleigh National Cemetery - Raleigh, North Carolina
Wall/Plot Coordinates
43E 055 Burial Plot Sec 14 Site 1156

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 Unit Assignments
Officer Candidate School (Artillery) Fort Sill, OKU.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters1st Aviation Brigade12th Aviation Group
214th Aviation Battalion
  1966-1966, 0006, Officer Candidate School (Artillery) Fort Sill, OK
  1966-1966, 0006, U.S. Army Primary Helicopter Center (Cadre) Fort Wolters
  1967-1968, 1981, 1st Aviation Brigade
  1967-1968, 1981, 12th Aviation Group
  1967-1968, 1981, 240th Assault Helicopter Company, 214th Aviation Battalion
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1967-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase III Campaign (1967-68)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Counteroffensive Phase IV Campaign (1968)
  1968-1968 Vietnam War/Tet Counteroffensive Campaign (1968)/Operation Coronado XII
 Colleges Attended 
East Carolina University
  1960-1964, East Carolina University
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Last Known Activity


Date of Birth July 8, 1944
Caucasian
Baptist
Married – Beatrice D. Jilcott, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Children – None Listed
 
Parents:
Father - Charles B. Jilcott, Sr. [Served in U.S. Air Force]
Mother - Ruth E. Jilcott.
Logansport, Indiana

His father was serving in the US Air Force during 1956 while living in Lonansport, Indiana. (Information from Ancestry.com records of phone directory for Logansport, Indiana - Unconfirmed by other sources).
 
Charles B. Jilcott was in the US Army Reserve prior to Active Duty.
Three Years U.S.. Army Active Service.
 
Field Artillery OCS Class 1-66 Fort Sill, Oklahoma, per Randy Dunham, fellow OCS Classmate.
 
Vietnam Tour Started October 10, 1967
 
MOS 71981 Rotary Wing Aviation Unit Commander (Airborne Qualified), Possibly an Air Observation Pilot
 
240th Assault Helicopter Company, 214th Aviation Battalion, 12th Aviation Group, 1st Aviation Brigade, USARV
 
Operation Coronado XII, joint U.S. Navy and Army sweep operation, commencing March 7, 1968 and may have concluded on March 9, 1968, in the Mekong Delta area following the immediate impact of the 1968 TET Offensive.  The operation was a two Army Battalion joint force deployed to locate and destroy the Viet Cong's 261st Main Force Battalion that was operating in the area around My Tho village, in the Mekong Delta.

Helicopter UH-1C 66-00705, a U.S. Army Gunship, member of the Mad Dogs, that CPT Jilcott was commanding during a reconnaissance mission as an armed escort for other aircraft, making an attack in the Target Area of operation at 200 feet above ground, flying about 80 knots, when shot down by a hostile automatic arms fire about 8 kilometers east-northeast of My Tho Village, in Dinh Tuong Province, U.S. Military Region 4, RVN.  The hostile bullet caused a fire on the helicopter. Charles died due to very severe burns following the crash of his helicopter on land.
 
Another UH-1C helicopter gunship, also a member of Mad Dog, was flying with CPT Jilcott, in this reconnaissance mission and landed safely next to Jilcott's aircraft.  The Crew Chief of this aircraft, SP5 Paul (Frenchy) LaChance, pulled SP5 James Warr from the burning Mad Dog.  SP5 Warr later died from his severe burns and injuries on March 11, 1968.
 
Age at Death 23
 
Crew Members Killed:

 

  • P WO1 Guy Lee Eisenhart KIA (Pilot - Second in Command)
  • P CPT Charles B. Jilcott, Jr. KIA (Aircraft Commander)
  • G SP5 James Milton Warr KIA [Serving as Chew Chief and or Gunner]

 
Door Gunner Survived (name unknown)

My Tho, Capital of Dinh Tuong Province, located on the north bank of Mekong River, approximately 84 kilometers northeast of Soc Trang and 50 kilometers southwest of Saigon. My Tho was home of the 7th ARVN Infantry Division Advisory Detachment, Advisory Team 75 at Monastery Compound which had been a French monastery until abandoned in the mid-1950,s. The 1,200 foot long airfield was used by the U.S. Army Caribou aircraft for resupply. My Tho was taken by the Viet Cong during the TET Offensive 1968, and heavily damaged by US bombing and artillery when retaken about March – April 1968.  My Tho was located in U.S. Military Region IV.  [Information from the book; Where We Were in Vietnam 1945-1975, page 5-348, by Michael P. Kelley, 2002].




 

   
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Remembrances:

Jim Ellars
Indianapolis, Indiana
Charlie was a high school friend. We once did a parody of Macbeth as a skit for a talent show at Logansport High School. It must have been 1961 or 1962. I later heard that he had been killed in Vietnam. While in Washington in June of 2002, I found his name on the Wall. I was moved to tears that here was a friend that I only remembered through goofy high school fun whose name was permanently engraved as a hero who sacrificed his life for all of us here at home. Thanks, Charlie!
September 2002





 

   
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