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