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Milton Pavlic '32

Date of birth: December 27, 1909

Date of death: November 15, 1942

Age: 32

Lucky Bag

From the 1932 Lucky Bag:


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.


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.


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

Class of 1932

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

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