Walter Edward Little

Walter Edward Little


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  • Name Walter Edward Little 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I22475  Sorensen-Remington Family Tree
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 

    Father James M. Little 
    Mother Evangeline Monroe 
    Family ID F10772  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Remington,   b. 28 Dec 1927, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jan 2019, Providence, RI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 91 years) 
    Married 7 Oct 1950 
     1. Joseph E. Little  [Birth]
     2. Catherine Little  [Birth]
     3. James W. Little  [Birth]
     4. David E. Little  [Birth]
    Last Modified 12 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F08522  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Walter had an illustrious career in the military.

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      Walter Edward Little, Lt. Colonel, U.S. Army Retired 89, of Providence, RI, died April 19, 2015, peacefully at home surrounded by his family.

      He was the beloved husband of Mary E.(Remington) Little. They were married on October 7, 1950 and celebrated 64 years of marriage in 2014.

      Col. Little was born in Providence on February 26, 1926. He was the son of James M, and Evangeline Monroe Little. He was one of nine children.

      Col. Little entered the U.S. Army Air Force as a tail gunner in 1943. He began as an enlisted man and was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in 1950. He went to Rhode Island College (now URI) on the GI Bill and graduated in 1950. He was a combat army officer and served at the end of World War II, in Korea, and twice in Vietnam. He earned his Green Beret in 1961 as one of the first members of Special Forces during the Kennedy Administration. He was in 1st Special Forces, B Detachment in Vietnam commanding all Special Forces in II Corp. under General Khanh in 1962. He was in the 1st Special Forces during the Battle of Plei Mrong in 1963. He was a guard at Dachau weeks after the end of WWII and a witness to the Holocaust. He was passionate that the world never forgets what was done during the Holocaust. Col. Little was awarded a Bronze Star, qualified for a Purple Heart, was a Master Parachutist and a Expert Marksman in Carbine, Pistol and Rifle. He attended Basic and Advanced Commissioned Officer’s School, Ft. Benning , GA, Special Forces School, Ft. Bragg, and Command and General Staff College, Ft. Levenworth. He served in Army Intelligence and worked behind enemy lines in Vietnam as a member of the MACV/SOG, a covert US Special Forces Operation (a unit whose existence was once denied and whose story was not told until long after the war). Their mission was cross boarder operations, intelligence gathering or raiding missions on the enemy’s home ground and rescue missions. He trained service members of the Italian, Greek, German, Vietnamese and Japanese Armies in special operations. His was described in his service record as a forceful and dynamic officer, and loved as a gentle, strong and caring husband and father.

      Besides his wife, Mary, he leaves four children and seven grandchildren. His children are Joseph E. Little and his wife Marion (Dubois), Catherine Little Bert and her husband, Dr. Arthur Bert, James W. Little and his wife Margaret (Homan), and David E. Little and his wife Darsie Alexander. He has a surviving sister, Joan Swiss. His surviving grandchildren are Fr. Ambrose Callery Mary Little, O.P, Daniel Little, Margaret Little, Katie Little, Samuel Little, Sophie Little and Nina Little. He was predeceased by one grandchild, Jeffery Little.

      His funeral was held on Monday, April 27, 2015 at the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home, Providence. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Augustine Church, Providence. Burial with Military Honors followed at R.I. Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.