Little, Leslie, SSgt

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Last Rank
Staff Sergeant
Last Primary MOS
0300-Basic Infantryman
Last MOSGroup
Primary Unit
1974-1974, 8536, 4th Marine Regiment
Service Years
1965 - 1974
Official/Unofficial USMC Certificates
Cold War Certificate
Combat Water Safety Swimmer (CWSS)
Voice Edition

Staff Sergeant

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 Personal Details 

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Home Country
United States
United States
Year of Birth
This Military Service Page was created/owned by Ivy Little-Family to remember Marine SSgt Leslie Little (Lifer).

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Contact Info
Home Town
Last Address
Philadelphia, PA

Date of Passing
Feb 04, 2012
Location of Interment
Washington Crossing National Cemetery - Newtown, Pennsylvania
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 

French Fourragere Vietnam Combined Action Platoon (CAP)

 Unofficial Badges 

Drill Instructor US Marines Corps Honorable Discharge Marine Recruiter Cold War Medal

Combined Action Company Centurion Award

 Military Association Memberships
Chapter 15Marine Corps Together We ServedParris Island ChapterTWS Honor Roll
  2008, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chapter 15 (Executive Secretary) (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) [Verified]5
  2010, Marine Corps Together We Served [Verified]
  2011, USMC Drill Instructors Association, Parris Island Chapter (Member at Large) (Parris Island, South Carolina) [Verified]264
  2012, TWS Honor Roll [Verified]

 Countries Deployed To or Visited

 Tributes from Members  
When I'm Gone posted by 99 Isaacs, Larry, SgtMaj -Deceased 
R.I.P.BROTHER posted by 35 Moore, Ronnie Eugene (curley), LCpl 856
Rest in peace, brother. posted by 35 Heckert, Richard, Cpl 140
rest in peace posted by 13 Mattingly, Joseph (matt), Sgt 13
For My Brother Leslie posted by 35 Pilgrim, William, Jr. (Wild Bill), Sgt 896 
Rest Easy Lifer posted by 40 Fletcher, Stephen (Fletch), Cpl 7548
HONOR posted by Camp, Aubie, Cpl 29
Rest in peace, brother............. posted by Ferland, Roland (Frenchy), Sgt -Deceased 
GO WITH THE LORD posted by 35 Hensler, David (Oso/Gordo), GySgt 1621
Rest in Peace Marine> posted by 01 Roberts, Michael (Mike), Cpl 11
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Vietnam War/Defense Campaign (1965)/Combined Action Program
From Month/Year
May / 1965
To Month/Year
December / 1965

The Combined Action Program was a United States Marine Corps operational initiative implemented in the Vietnam War and proved to be one of the most effective counterinsurgency tools developed during that conflict.

Operating from 1965 to 1971, this program was characterized by the placement of a thirteen-member Marine rifle squad, augmented by a U.S. Navy Corpsman and strengthened by a Vietnamese militia platoon of older youth and elderly men, in or adjacent to a rural Vietnamese hamlet.

In most cases, the Popular Forces miltia members (Nghia Quan) were residents of the hamlet who were either too young or too old to be drafted into the Army of the Republic of Viet Nam (ARVN) or the Regional Forces (Dia Phuong Quan). The entire unit of American Marines and Popular Forces militia members together was designated as a Combined Action Platoon (CAP).

The program was said to have originated as a solution to one Marine infantry battalion's problem of an expanding Tactical Area of Responsibility (TAOR). The concept of combining a squad of Marines with local (PFs) and assigning them a village to protect proved to be a force multiplier.

While the exact implementation varied with the stage of the war and local command variations, the basic model was to combine a Marine squad with local forces to form a village defense platoon. It was effective in denying the enemy a sanctuary at the local village level. The pacification campaign seemed to work under the CAP concept, and the Marines fully embraced it. Objectively, there is no solid proof that the CAP concept was a resounding success; however, subjectively the evidence suggests otherwise.

"Counterinsurgency operations and, in particular, the establishment of a foreign internal defense lends itself for the greatest utility of employing a CAP-style organization. Recent operations in Somalia, Haiti, and Bosnia suggest a CAP-style organization could accomplish the assigned mission." In Iraq, the Marines reinstituted a variant of the CAP.
My Participation in This Battle or Operation
From Month/Year
May / 1965
To Month/Year
December / 1965
Last Updated:
Mar 16, 2020
Personal Memories
My Photos From This Battle or Operation
Me at CACO 2-3

  420 Also There at This Battle:
  • Allen, Frank, LCpl, (1965-1968)
  • Arnold, John, LCpl, (1966-1969)
  • Averill, Robert, Capt, (1962-1980)
  • Barber, Jerry, Sgt, (1963-1967)
  • Barnhart, Glenn, Pvt, (1963-1967)
  • Bates, William (Bill), Cpl, (1966-1969)
  • Beckerman, George, Sgt, (1967-1973)
  • Bennington, William, LCpl, (1968-1971)
  • Berry, John, Sgt, (1969-1973)
  • Billings, Gary, LCpl, (1967-1969)
  • [Name Withheld], (1967-1997)
  • Bradley, Mark, Cpl, (1966-1968)
  • Brashear, Gregory, Cpl, (1969-1971)
  • Brewer, Mike, Cpl, (1967-1969)
  • Burns, Don, HM3, (1968-1972)
  • Burroughs, Joseph, Maj, (1967-1992)
  • Butzlaff, Robert, LCpl, (1967-1969)
  • Carpenter, James, LCpl, (1967-1970)
  • Casto, Ron, Sgt, (1964-1968)
  • Cave, David, MSgt, (1968-1994)
  • Chavez, Mike, MSgt, (1968-1996)
  • Cohenour, Bernard, CDR, (1966-2007)
  • Collins, Louis, Cpl, (1968-1969)
  • Cooke, William, Sgt, (1964-1972)
  • Cooney, John, MSgt, (1959-1982)
  • Copeland, James, Sgt, (1966-1969)
  • Coughlin, Corey, Sgt, (1968-1971)
  • Cox, Joseph, Cpl, (1964-1968)
  • Coyne, Ed, Sgt, (1969-1998)
  • Crawley, Willie, Cpl, (1964-1971)
  • Cronin, Walt, HM3, (1968-1972)
  • Daly, Kirk, Sgt, (1969-1972)
  • DeLaney, John, Cpl, (1968-1970)
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