WILLIAM F LITTLE III
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HONORED ON PANEL 16W, LINE 58 OF THE WALL

WILLIAM F LITTLE III

WALL NAME

WILLIAM F LITTLE III

PANEL / LINE

16W/58

DATE OF BIRTH

11/23/1946

CASUALTY PROVINCE

PHUOC LONG

DATE OF CASUALTY

11/11/1969

HOME OF RECORD

MOUNTAINSIDE

COUNTY OF RECORD

Union County

STATE

NJ

BRANCH OF SERVICE

ARMY

RANK

1LT

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REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR WILLIAM F LITTLE III
POSTED ON 11.15.2020
POSTED BY: Patrick O'Regan

Request to learn more about the man I served under

Hi, All:

I served under Lt. Little in a Recon platoon of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. I was right behind him when he was KIA. The Lieutenant was only with Recon for two weeks when he died in the face of the enemy. So I didn’t know him well, but more than passingly. We had lunch together once at Blackhorse base camp. When I had a minor injury, he watched the medic apply bandages to my face. I recall something of the man he was – personable, cared about his men, but tough, brave, determined to find and take down the enemy. This officer should be known, as an inspiration to others. As a professional writer, I’ve begun writing an essay on Lt. Little. To make the essay more effective, I’d like to add a handful of personal details about him to the essay – beyond being a brave officer and tough soldier, what was he like as a person? As a son, a brother, a friend, a student, an athlete? That sort of thing. It would make the essay much more engaging.

I would submit the essay to Proud to Be: Writing by American Warriors, for its 10th Volume, due out next year. I have a poem in the current volume and others in earlier volumes, so there’s a good chance they will take the essay. This publication is an outstanding anthology of writings by military personnel – veterans and active duty – and those connected to the military. It’s widely read. Lt. Little’s service to his country should be broadcast far and wide. He was a fine man and a terrific soldier.

So, if you knew Lt. Little, please get in touch. A phone interview would take just a few minutes of your time. I can be reached at Pat O’Regan, [email protected]. We could then set up a time to call. Thank you.
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POSTED ON 9.12.2020

Final Mission of 1LT William F. Little III

1LT William F. Little III was a platoon leader serving with E Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th Infantry Brigade. E Company was the reconnaissance element for 2/3, operating ahead of its main forces or in tandem with them. During 1969, the Brigade was responsible for the security of the region north and east of the capital of Saigon, RVN. On November 11, 1969, 1LT Little was commanding a Recon unit on an operation southwest of Xuan Loc in Bien Hoa Province when he was killed trying to help his wounded point man. The soldier had been hit in the legs, and Little, along with his radioman, crawled forward in front of a bunker to get the man. The enemy opened fire, and Little was hit in the chest. He told the radioman to take the point man back while he covered their withdrawal. The Recon unit tried to fight their way back to Little but were badly outnumbered. Little continued to fire his M16 rifle on full automatic for several minutes before being silenced. Recon pulled back, and artillery and air strikes were placed on the bunkers. Little would remain missing for three days before his remains were located. During that time, the U.S. troops were taunted by an English-speaking enemy on an American radio claiming to have Little’s body and daring them to come get it. On November 14th, an infantry company accompanied by three tanks and seven armored carriers arrived at the abandoned bunker complex. Sweeping through the massive bunker system, Little’s half-buried body was soon located along with many enemy dead. Underneath his body were eight empty M16 magazines with six more fully loaded, a testament to his heroic stand against the enemy. A fatal head wound was visible, and his West Point ring and the patches and name tag from his uniform were missing. A poncho was brought up, and Little was carried to a landing zone the troopers had blown out of the jungle. A helicopter arrived and carried the body away. Little was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor. [Taken from coffeltdatabase.org, 1LT Little’s DSC citation, and the book “Vietnam, 1969-1970: A Company Commander’s Journal” by Michael L. Lanning]
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POSTED ON 4.20.2020
POSTED BY: Lucy Micik

Thank You

Dear Lt William Little, Thank you for your service as an Infantry Unit Commander. Thank you for graduating from West Point. Saying thank you isn't enough, but it is from the heart. The time passes quickly. Please watch over America, it stills needs your strength, courage, guidance and faithfulness. Rest in peace with the angels.
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POSTED ON 3.25.2020
POSTED BY: jim hardy

Lieutenant Bill Little III signs his sketch

I never signed my sketches of the grunts but had them signature them as the drawings were about them, not me. I am now reading "The Mourner's Song, War and Remembrance from the Iliad to Vietnam," and thought of those grunts whom I sketched that did not make it home.
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POSTED ON 11.23.2018
POSTED BY: kr

1LT William F. Little III - Birthday Remembrance (72d)

The "Friends of Rocky Versace" remember one of Henry Spengler's USMA 1968 classmates, 1LT William Francis Little III, on what would've been his 72d birthday - 23 November 2018.
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