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Sgt George Irwin Little

Sgt George Irwin Little

Birth
Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 28 Oct 1944 (aged 23)
Italy
Burial Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA
Plot Lot B31
Memorial ID 56979788 · View Source
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Campton Boy Killed in Action.

The Pemigewasset Valley was saddened to hear of the death of one of its most promising young men, Sergeant George Irwin Little who was killed in action in Italy October 28, 1944.

Irwin was born in Campton Village, January 25, 1921. He attended Plymouth High School and graduated with the Class of 1938. He was a member of the Campton Baptist Church.

In July 1942 he entered the service and received his training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma and Fort Sam Huston, Texas. In November of 1943 he went overseas and was in the latter part of January when he went with the 361st Regiment to become a part of the Fifth Army under General Mark Clark.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Infantry Combat medal and received the Purple Heart for wounds received while in combat in Italy.

A Tribute.

It is heartbreaking to sum up such a short and gallant life as was Irwin's. He had so much to grow into the fullest of splendid manhood.

We, of the village who have seen him grow from babyhood, remember his lovable and straightforwardness, his devotion to his mother and his brother and his friendliness toward his fellowmen.

To us he was an exemplification of Young America. With his innate sense of gentleness, war was a hated task. Because he was an American and endowed with its principles of freedom and liberty he fought with courage and bravery for a cause which he believed to be right.

The Gold Star which hangs in our service flag in memory of Irwin will be a living symbol of every fine and noble ideal. He was the youth of our country at its very best. He was America. >The Plymouth Record, November 1944.


Military Rites at Campton for
Sgt George Little.

Sunday afternoon, November 21, many friends gathered at Blair Cemetery to pay final tribute to Sgt. George I Little, son of Mrs Margaret Little and the late George E. Little of Campton, who gave his life in World War II. Sgt. Little was killed on October 28, 1944 while his company was operating in the Northern part of Italy. He was a member of Hq. and Hq. Company 351st Infantry, 88th Division. Sgt. Little's body arrived in Plymouth Friday, having been returned to this country the first of November from Italy aboard the U. S. Army Transport Lawrence Victory, from the Pietramald U. S. Military Cemetery. His body arrived under the escort of S/Sgt R W Ginwald of Distribution Center in New York, and was met by the Pemigewasset Veterans Association, who escorted the body to Gammons Funeral Home which was in charge of arrangements.

The services were largely attended by townspeople and veterans of World War I and II. Reverend Herbert Taylor served as chaplain. Veterans met at the corner above the cemetery on the East Side Road and marched down the highway and into the cemetery. Color Guards were Robert Burtt and Mark Sylvester. Color Bearers were Richard Sherman, Milton Pettengill, Kenneth Hobart and Bertram Allen with Color Commander Corwin S. Burghardt, commander of the American Legion Post in Plymouth. On the firing squad were Comdr Thomas Sweeney of Plymouth Post, VFW, Malcolm McKenzie, Oscar Cushing, George Durgin and Floyd Wilkie. Bugler was Harold C. Freeman. Among Campton veterans attending were Lester Mitchell, Jr., John Dole, Edgar Fowler and Richard Palmer. Bearers were Moody Dole, Lester Sargeant, Russell Sargeant, John Thompson, Daniel Downey, John Saunders, Rupert Brown and Roger Brown. Commander Burghardt presented the flag to the mother of the deceased veteran, Mrs Margaret Little.

Sgt. Little was born in Campton on January 25, 1921. He attended Plymouth High School, graduating in the Class of 1938 and before entering the armed forces was employed at Draper Corp. He was a member of the Campton Baptist Church. In July 1942 he entered the Armed Forces, receiving his basic training at Camp Gruber, Oklahoma. He later was transferred to Fort Sam Houston, Texas. In November 1943 he went overseas and was in North Africa until the latter part of January when he went with the 351st Regiment to become a part of the Fifth Army under General Mark Clark.

He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, the Expert Infantry Combat Medal and has received the Purple Heart for wounds received while in combat in Italy. >The Plymouth Record, November 25, 1948.


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Inscription

Family Stone: None
Government Stone: George I Little | New Hampshire | Sgt 351 Inf | World War II | Feb 25 1921 Oct 23 1944


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  • Created by: BL Hughes
  • Added: 12 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56979788
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt George Irwin Little (25 Jan 1921–28 Oct 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56979788, citing Blair Cemetery, Campton, Grafton County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by BL Hughes (contributor 46868943) .