Col Augustine Patterson Little, Jr.

Augustine Patterson Little, Jr. was born on 17 November 1914 in Louisville, Ga. to Augustine Patterson Little ("Gus") and Laura Landrum Lee ("Miss Laura"). He was the middle of three children and the only boy. He was an excellent student and graduated from high school a year early. He attended the University of Georgia for two years before receiving an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point.

He graduated in 1937, eight in his class, and was married the next day, 13 June 1937, to Martha Helen Fielis in the West Point Cadet Chapel.

He was first posted to Fort Benning, GA and then to Fort Belvoir, VA. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his Masters Degree in Civil Engineering. In December 1941 he was briefly posted to Fort McCord, WA but was called to Savannah, GA to help form the 8th Air Force.

Col Little's first command was the 814th Engineer Aviation Battalion and he lead them during the Africa Campaign, through the Invasion of Sicily and then into Italy. During the Africa Campaign, he was awarded the Soldier's Medal and the Legion of Merit.

He was then called to England to command the 922nd Engineer Aviation Regiment and led them into Europe on D-Day. He landed in the second wave on June 7th and one of his battalions built the first evacuation airfield following the landings. His unit remained at the forefront of the Allies invasion of Europe.

It was in late August 1944 that Col Little's regiment was inspecting Le Bourget Airfield outside Paris. Portions of the airfield were still under German control and Col Little's command car came under fire. His driver, Corporal Gordon Farr was wounded and while Col Little and his XO, Lt Col Gil Hall, attempted to pull Cpl Farr to safety, both Col Little and Lt Col Hall were hit. Lt Col Hall died immediately and Col Little died two days later from his wounds. Both men are interred at the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur Mer, France.

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