William F Little
E CO, 2ND BN, 3RD INFANTRY, 199 INF BDE
Army of the United States
23 November 1946 - 11 November 1969
Mountainside, New Jersey
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The database page for William F Little
24 Jul 2006
Bill was a classmate and a friend. His humor was infectious and his friendship loyal. We spent many hours playing the war games of the youth at that time. Toy soldiers and plastic models. If only it had just been games. Bill - you are not forgotten.
From a friend,
HQ US ARMY, VIETNAM,|
APO San Francisco 96375
AWARD OF THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS
1. TC 320. The following AWARD is announced posthumously.
William F. Little, First Lieutenant, U.S. Army
Company E 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry, 199th LIB
||Distinguished Service Cross|
||11 November 1969|
||Republic of Vietnam|
For extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam: First Lieutenant Little distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 11 November 1969 while serving as platoon leader during a reconnaissance operation southwest of Xuan Loc. After his point element discovered signs of recent enemy activity and three well-concealed enemy bunkers, Lieutenant Little started moving the rest of his platoon forward to the point element. Suddenly a concealed enemy force opened fire with small arms and automatic weapons, Lieutenant Little moved forward through the intense enemy fire to pinpoint the hostile positions. He then called in artillery and gunship support and remained in an exposed position to adjust the supporting fire. During a lull in enemy fire, Lieutenant Little and one of his men began to flank the enemy positions. When he suddenly saw an enemy soldier aiming at his companion Lieutenant Little pushed the unwary soldier to the ground and, in doing so, was seriously wounded. As Lieutenant Little fell to the ground, he fired his weapon and killed the enemy soldier. Almost immediately, Lieutenant Little was subjected to a burst of hostile fire and was mortally wounded. First Lieutenant Little's actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
By direction of the President under provisions of the Act of Congress, approved 25 July 1963.
With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Memorial first published on 24 Jul 2006
Last updated 08/10/2009