Littles named to Vietnam Memorial

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 14, 2014

A Brewton man was among three Alabama residents recently added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.

The trio was among more than a dozen people whose names were unveiled during a ceremony Sunday.

Named were:

• SP4 Thomas Charles Littles of Brewton. Littles was wounded in 1969 in Vietnam and died in 1971;

• PFC Ronald Hall of Birmingham, who served as a medic in Vietnam and died in 1967; and,

• PFC Danny Joe Wilson of Florence, who received a Purple Heart after being injured while serving as an ammunition and light weapons bearer in 1966. He died in 2012.

Little’s brother, Douglas, was on hand for the ceremony. Littles currently serves as president of Reid State College.

“I guess it would be the pride of my mother, to know that this is being done and when it’s being done … on Mother’s Day,” Littles told Stars and Stripes. “She’d be proud of the fact that it’s been accomplished.

“I was extremely excited to hear that Thomas Littles’ name was to be added,” he said. “As were all my brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, because often they come to Washington and say, ‘Why isn’t Uncle Tom’s name on the wall?’ So we were all excited about it, and pleased that it eventually happened.”

Eight other people listed on the wall had their status changed from missing in action to deceased this year.

There are now 58,300 names of those killed or missing in action on the wall.

Troops who served in the Vietnam Theater are eligible to be added to the memorial if they died of combat-related injuries.

The wall bears the names of 58,300 people who were killed or remain missing in action.