A Classmate - A Hero from Pawnee, OklahomaPosted on 9/22/14 - by Max RidgewayThe class of 1965 of Pawnee High School was putting together a rememberance of our classmates who have gone before us. I began looking for Tommy Littlesun's picture and could not find one but then I happened upon this article about his life, service in Vietnam, and his family. It honors me, his classmate to post this information. I didn't know Tommy real well, but I wish I had gotten to know him better. He is truly an American Hero. Note that he served 23 1/2 months in Vietnam!MORE
Funeral services will be held here tomorrow, Friday, March 8, for Marine Pfc. Thomas Lee LittleSun, 20, who was killed in action in Vietnam on February 16. Son of Mr. and Mrs. James LittleSun, he had served 23 1/2 months in Vietnam.
The body arrived in Pawnee Tuesday, 17 days after his death, and was taken to the LittleSun residence to lie in state, Wednesday. The service will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the First Methodist Church and burial will be in the veterans' plot at Highland Cemetery with full military honors, under direction of the Poteet Funeral Home.
Pfc. LittleSun was born in Pawnee on August 20, 1947, and lived here all his life. He attended elementary school and part of high school in Pawnee, then finished high school at the Chilocco Indian School. Soon afterward, January 17, 1965, he joined the Marines and took his basic training at Camp Pendleton, California.
On May of 1965 he went to Vietnam and upon completing his year asked permission to remain another 6 months, which was granted. When these 18 months were completed he again asked for a 6 month extension of duty in Vietnam, but this request was denied and he was returned to Camp Pendleton in November of 1966. After being at home on leave, he again requested permission to return to Vietnam and went back in September of 1967.
A member of the Pawnee Indian tribe, he was also a member of the Methodist Church.
Survivors include his parents, James LittleSun and Lucy Morgan LittleSun, east of Pawnee, and 5 brothers and 2 sisters, George LittleSun, Rev. Bill LittleSun and James LittleSun, Jr., all of Pawnee; Robert LittleSun of Enid; Morgan LittleSun of Ponca City, Mrs. Colleen HENDRICKS of Claremore, and Mrs. Elaine NoEar of Shawnee, plus a number of other relatives and friends.
UNCLE TOMMYPosted on 6/3/14 - by VIRGINIA LITTLESUNOVER THIS PAST MEMORIAL DAY, MY MOTHER TOLD ME AGAINMORE
OF HOW YOU HELD ME AND TALKED TO ME SOON AFTER I WAS BORN
IN 1962. IT'S NOT REALLY REGISTERED WITH ME UNTIL NOW AFTER
VISITING YOUR GRAVE THIS YEAR JUST WHO YOU WERE AND WHAT
YOU HAVE GIVEN UP IN SERVICE OF YOUR COUNTRY. A DESCENDANT
OF THE ORIGINAL INHABITANTS. IT ONLY MAKES SENSE THAT YOU SERVED. WE SHARE THE SAME BLOOD LINE AND THE SAME LAST NAME AND THAT MAKES ME VERY PROUD. IT MAKES ME SAD TO THINK YOU WERE NEVER ABLE TO CRADLE YOUR OWN CHILD-I HOPE I MADE YOU HAPPY FOR A LITTLE WHILE.
YOU WILL MAKE ME PROUD FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE.
Remembering An American HeroPosted on 12/8/13 - by Curt Carter email@example.comDear PFC Thomas Lee Little Sun, sirMORE
As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.
May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.
With respect, and the best salute a civilian can muster for you, Sir
Semper FiPosted on 2/16/12 - by A MarineSemper Fi, Marine.
Never ForgottenPosted on 12/2/10 MORE
We RememberPosted on 12/26/09 - by Robert Sage firstname.lastname@example.orgThomas is buried at Highland Cemetery in Pawnee, OK. PH
a tribute to Thomas Lee Little SunPosted on 2/16/07 - by A fellow vietnam vet email@example.comRest in peace Thomas. You honored us with your service and sacrifice. Your fellow countrymen now honor you, and all those like you, each time we stand and sing the words "....the land of the free and the home of the brave". You are one of America's heroes and will be forever remembered.MORE
Thank you PFC Sun Thomas Lee LittlePosted on 2/16/04 - by Donald Lytle firstname.lastname@example.orgAlthough we never met personally, I want to thank you Sun Thomas Lee Little, for your courageous and valiant service, faithful contribution, and your most holy sacrifice given to this great country of ours!MORE
Your Spirit is alive--and strong, therefore Marine, you shall never be forgotten, nor has your death been in vain!
Again, thank you PFC Sun Thomas Lee Little, for a job well done!
REST IN ETERNAL PEACE MY MARINE FRIEND
Thank YouPosted on 9/26/03 - by Justin Wiegand email@example.comI am leaving remembrances for random veterans thanking them for the great contribution they have given our nation as part of a school project. In our nations ever more trying times it is great to be able to have an example like yours to look upon. Thank you for leaving a legacy for new generation of our nation to realize.MORE
It's Sunday Afternoon/MarinePosted on 2/16/03 - by McColtSun Thomas Lee Little was born August 20, 1947 and his home of record was Pawnee, Oklahoma, west of Tulsa. He was Native American and joined the Marine Corp.MORE
Sun Thomas died on February 16, 1968 in Quang Tri Province, just south of the DMZ and North of Hue City during the Tet Offensive. He had been in Vietnam five months and three days and was 20 years old.
That is all I know. I hope his family and friends will find this site and post to him.
Until then, Godspeed Sun Thomas.
The Wall of Faces
Brought to you by the organization that built The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Virtual Memorial Wall is dedicated to honoring, remembering and sharing the legacies of all those who died in the Vietnam War. Here you can go beyond the names on The Wall to see the faces, share the stories and read the remembrances posted by friends, neighbors, classmates and family members.
All of these photos will be showcased in The Education Center at The Wall on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the effort to collect these photos and ensure their faces will never be forgotten, visit www.buildthecenter.org.