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Grave marker for John T. Little (Col., Ret.) in Section G14 Row 5 Site 369 of the Rhode Island Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter (Washington Island), Rhode Island.

Joseph enlisted at Providence, RI on 25 April 1942 and, as a parachutist volunteer, was assigned to Hq Company, 3rd Battalion in Camp Blanding, FL.  By July 1943 he was promoted to the rank of Tech 5. 

He received the Bronze Star Medal for Heroic Conduct while Battalion S-2, probably during the Ardennes Campaign.  He also received the Bronze Service Arrowhead Device for his participation in the Normandy assault.

Om November 14, 1`944 he accepted a commission and ultimately retired as a full Colonel (date unknown) after serving in Korea and Vietnam.

His grave stone inscription indicates that he also received the Legion of Merit, Purple Heart and army commendation Medals, all of which may have been earned during service subsequent  to his stint in the 508th.

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