Plymouth County

Vincent Pavlik

Soldiers News

Mr. and Mrs. George V. Pavlik have received word through the Red Cross that their son, Vincent Pavlik, A.S., in the U. S. naval training station at Farragut, Idaho, was down with scarlet fever, but that he is now recovering and is able to sit up. The Red Cross maintains a liaison service for the benefit of the personnel of the armed services, to keep their families informed in case of sickness which prevents soldiers and sailors from writing home themselves.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, August 2, 1943

Vincent Pavlik arrived home Wednesday evening from Urbana, Ill., where he had attended diesel school and left on Sunday for Little Creek, Va., for a month’s training in landing boat tactics.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, Nov. 29, 1943 (photo included)

“Gum Chums” Are Among Hazards Of Normandy, V. Pavlik Writes 
He’s In Navy, But Slept In Castles and In Pup Tents

“Gum Chums” are not the least of the hazards encountered in France by American forces, according to MoM3/c Vincent Pavlik, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Pavlik, a censored letter from whom has just been received by his parents.

“Gum Chums” it appears, are French children of 5 years or less. Wherever the Americans go, they are mobbed by the “gum chums” with demands for candy and gum.

Vincent writes that he is returning to France, after some time spent in England, following the original invasion in which he took part. He operated an LCI out of one of the big LST ships, and transported men to the beachheads, and later, wounded to England.

Some of his duties were ashore, and he wrote that he slept in fox holes, pup tents and in old castles. “The straw mattresses in the castles felt good—but there were no modern conveniences—sometimes not even water.”

He mentioned that the automobiles in England are even smaller that the Austins which used to be seen occasionally in the United States, and wonders how his Dad would get along in one. For amusement, he said, he liked to pick up the whole hind ends of these little cars.

Source: LeMars Globe-Post, July 24, 1944

Our Neighbors in Service

LeMars, Iowa – Vincent Pavlik, petty officer in the navy, returned by airplane to his ship at New Orleans after spending a 30-day leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George V. Pavlik in LeMars. It was his first leave at home for nearly two years. He spent 16 months in the European Theater of operations and returned to the United States on July 1. He took part in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day when he transported infantry to shore on his L.C.I. During the month following, he worked with the navy demolition outfit which removed German mines from landing areas so that allied troops and supplies could be more safely landed.

Source: The Sioux City Journal, August 31, 1945