Little, Norman Earl, Cpl Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Corporal
Last Primary MOS
6113-Helicopter Mechanic, Ch-53
Last MOSGroup
Aircraft Maintenance/Rotary Wing
Last Unit
1969-1970, 6113, Marine Air Group (MAG)/MAG-16
Service Years
1966 - 1970

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1948
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
San Angelo
Last Address
San Angelo

Casualty Date
Mar 27, 1970
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Gun, Small Arms Fire
Location
Quang Nam
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
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To My Dearest Family posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj 1168
Thank you Cpl. for your devotion to duty... posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj 1168
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 Unit Assignments
Infantry Schools/Infantry Training School(s) WestMarine Air Group (MAG)/MAG-16
  1967-1968, 9900, Infantry Training School(s) West/2nd Infantry Training Regiment (2nd ITR)
  1969-1970, 6113, Marine Air Group (MAG)/MAG-16
 Colleges Attended
  1966-1967, Others/Not Listed
 Recruit Training - Trainee/Instructor
  1966, Boot Camp - San Diego, unk
 Combat and Operations History
  1969-1970 Vietnam War/Vietnam Winter-Spring 1970 Campaign 1 November 1969 to 30 April 1970 VSM Steamer1
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
On March 27, 1970, he was the crew chief on a CH-53D which had landed in a hot LZ. He was shot to death by a sniper, as troops were disembarking.
   
Comments/Citation
Norman Earl Little
Corporal
HMH-463, MAG-16, 1ST MAW
United States Marine Corps
03 February 1948 - 27 March 1970
San Angelo, Texas

NORMAN EARL LITTLE, CORPORAL, USMC, SAN ANGELO, TOM GREEN COUNTY, TEXAS

AWARDS AND DECORATIONS

Navy Air Crew Wings, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 14 Gold Stars, Navy Achievement Medal with "V" device, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal

BIOGRAPHY

Norman was born in San Angelo, Texas, the son of Ruby Belle Garrett and Norman Leslie Little. He was the fourth of six children. He had two older brothers and an older sister, and two younger brothers. The family moved to Odessa in 1950 where Norman's father was employed with the Ector County Independent School District in the custodial department. He attended Odessa schools, Austin Elementary, Crockett Junior High School and Odessa High. He graduated from Odessa High School in 1966 and moved to San Angelo to work and to attend San Angelo State University.

After working and attending college for a year, Norman entered the Marine Corp in late 1967 from San Angelo. He completed his recruit training at the Marine Corp Recruit Training Depot in San Diego, California. He then completed ITR at Camp Pendleton, California. He received additional training at the NAS-Memphis, on Power Plants, (engines). He received additional training as a flight crewman for helicopters.

He began his tour in Vietnam on August 2, 1969. He was assigned as a crew chief on a CH-53D, with HMH-463, 3rd Marine Air Wing. The aircraft, the CH-53D was a cargo helicopter which hauled supplies and troops. The aircraft would often land in hot landing zones. On March 27, 1970, he was the crew chief on a CH-53D which had landed in a hot LZ. He was shot to death by a sniper, as troops were disembarking.

Those who knew Norman described him as having a zest for life, he was an optimist and saw the good in everything. He felt that his service in the Marine Corp to be his duty and he gave it everything he had. He had a sense of humor and saw humor even when there was little or no humor to be found.

His funeral was held in Odessa on April 6, 1970 and he was buried with full military honors in the Belvedere Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas.

He was survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Norman L. Little of Odessa, his brothers, Richard, of Orlando, Florida; Michael D. who was serving in the U.S. Air Force, and Mark and Nolan of Odessa. He was also survived by his sister, Martha Fitzgerald of Dallas.
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