MILTON F. PAVLIC, LCDR, USN

From USNA Virtual Memorial Hall

Milton Pavlic '32

Date of birth: December 27, 1909

Date of death: November 15, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


Loss

Milton was lost on November 15, 1942 when USS South Dakota (BB 57) was damaged by Japanese surface gunfire during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal.

His wife was listed as next of kin.

Biography

From Revolvy:

Milton Frank Pavlic was born in Trieste, Italy, on 27 December 1909 and grew up in Rittman, Ohio. During the 1927-1928 academic year he attended Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, as a pre-medical student.

Pavlic was appointed a midshipman on 25 June 1928. He attended the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and was commissioned as an ensign on 2 June 1932.

As an ensign, lieutenant, junior grade, and lieutenant, Pavlic served aboard the battleships USS New York (BB-34) and USS Mississippi (BB-41), the destroyer USS Tracy (DD-214), the destroyer tender USS Melville (AD-2), and the destroyer USS Barney (DD-149), and from 17 June 1940 to 9 March 1942 he served at the Naval Academy. He then helped fit out the new battleship USS South Dakota (BB-57), and was on board her when she was commissioned on 20 March 1942. He was promoted to lieutenant commander on 15 June 1942.

South Dakota served in the Pacific during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Santa Cruz Islands, and in the Guadalcanal campaign. In the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal early on 15 November 1942, South Dakota's task force engaged a force of Japanese warships and was badly damaged in the action. Lieutenant Commander Pavlic died in the battle.

Namesake

USS Pavlic (APD 70) was named for Milton. The ship's reunion page has much more information on her service.

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Navy Directories & Officer Registers

The "Register of Commissioned and Warrant Officers of the United States Navy and Marine Corps" was published annually from 1815 through at least the 1970s; it provided rank, command or station, and occasionally billet until the beginning of World War II when command/station was no longer included. Scanned copies were reviewed and data entered from the mid-1840s through 1922, when more-frequent Navy Directories were available.

The Navy Directory was a publication that provided information on the command, billet, and rank of every active and retired naval officer. Single editions have been found online from January 1915 and March 1918, and then from three to six editions per year from 1923 through 1940; the final edition is from April 1941.

The entries in both series of documents are sometimes cryptic and confusing. They are often inconsistent, even within an edition, with the name of commands; this is especially true for aviation squadrons in the 1920s and early 1930s.

Alumni listed at the same command may or may not have had significant interactions; they could have shared a stateroom or workspace, stood many hours of watch together… or, especially at the larger commands, they might not have known each other at all. The information provides the opportunity to draw connections that are otherwise invisible, though, and gives a fuller view of the professional experiences of these alumni in Memorial Hall.

October 1932

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, ENS Raymond Mayo '30, and ENS Vernon Hain '31.

January 1933

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, and ENS Vernon Hain '31.

April 1933

Ensign, USS New York

Others at this command: LCDR Cassin Young '16, ENS Lynne Quiggle '30, and ENS Vernon Hain '31.

April 1934

Ensign, USS Tracy

July 1934

Ensign, USS Tracy

October 1934

Ensign, USS Tracy

January 1935

Ensign, USS Tracy

April 1935

Ensign, USS Tracy

October 1935

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tracy

January 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tracy

April 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tracy

July 1936

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tracy

January 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Tracy

April 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Tracy

September 1937

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Tracy

Others at this command: LT Harry Bauer '27.

January 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Tracy

Others at this command: LT Harry Bauer '27.

July 1938

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Tracy

Others at this command: LT Harry Bauer '27.

January 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), gunnery officer, USS Tracy

October 1939

Lieutenant (j.g.), USS Barney

November 1940

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, LTjg George Fuller '35, and LTjg George Lambert '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy) and 2LT Alfred Gordon '39 (USS Reina Mercedes, Naval Academy).

April 1941

Lieutenant, Naval Academy

Others at this command: CAPT James Logan '10, LCDR John French '22, LT Edwin Martin '29, LT Arthur Vorpahl '32, LT John Fairbanks, Jr. '32, LT John Tennent, III '32, LT Nathaniel Dial '32, LT Reader Scott '32, and LTjg George Fuller '35.

Others at or embarked at this command: LT James Willis '27 (Postgraduate School, Naval Academy).


Class of 1932

Milton is one of 52 members of the Class of 1932 on Virtual Memorial Hall.