Conflict Period:
Vietnam War 1
Marine Corps 1
Captain 2
23 Oct 1941 2
03 Jul 1968 2

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James L M Littler III
James L M Littler III
HMM-164 aboard USS OKINAWA
HMM-164 aboard USS OKINAWA
HMM-164, aboard USS OKINAWA, LPH-3, sometime toward the end of 1969 or beginning of 1970. The ship shown in second picture was an LPD. These frames were captured from VHS that was converted from Super 8.
USMC Command Chronology-July 1968
USMC Command Chronology-July 1968
Lists the other members of the recon team lost that day.
Captain Littler was shot in his helo, which crashed upon and killed his recon team according to this document.

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Personal Details

Full Name:
James L M Littler, III 2
23 Oct 1941 2
Male 2
03 Jul 1968 2
Cause: Air Loss, Crash - Land 2
Age at Death: 26 2
Body Recovered: Recovered 2
Casualty Date: 03 Jul 1968 2
Casualty Type: Hostile, Died 2
Hometown: Honolulu, HI 2
Marital Status: Married 2

Vietnam War 1

Marine Corps 1
Captain 2
Air Wing:
1st MAW 2
Enlistment Type:
Regular 2
O3 2
Major Command:
Marine Corps 2
Pilot H M M CH-46 (USMC) 2
HMM-164 2
Tour Start Date:
24 Sep 1967 2
Years Served:
4 2
Protestant - No Denominational Preference 2
Race or Ethnicity:
Caucasian 2
Memorial Wall Location:
Line: 3 2
Panel: 53W 2

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Vietnam Wall Panel coords 53W 003 Capt Littler Flying with HMM-164, MAG-16, 1st MAW inserted a recon team and the team came under heavy attack as the helicopter departed. Capt Littler, with utter disregard for his own safety, turned back into the zone to extract the team. At about 100 feet the CH-46A(YT-13) was taken under intensive automatic weapons fire and possibly RPG fire. The helicopter caught fire in the aft transmission area and at the same time the pilot and co-pilot were hit in the neck by small arms fire. Out of control, the aircraft crashed to the ground on top of the eight man recon team that the crew so heroically tried to save. All eight members of the recon team were killed as well as the four crewmembers in the aircraft and and one recon man in the aircraft. The co-pilot was 1stLt Raymond C. Daley of Dover, NH. Capt Littler was married at the time of his death.

Thank you Captain for your service to this great nation and to our Corps...

THE WALL Standing here in front of the Wall
silently reading your name
solemnly I thank you one and all
Each of you different, yet the same The list seems forever endless
but I remember your faces
you made the supreme sacrifice, I confess
as I walk slowly with measured paces Each one of you answered the call
willingly or not, you gave your lives
Rest easy, my Brothers - heroes all
The Nation still survives
"War drew us from our homeland In the sunlit springtime of our youth. Those who did not come back alive remain in perpetual springtime -- forever young -- And a part of them is with us always." --- Author Unknown --- God Bless  You      

" To My Dearest Family "

To My Dearest Family


Some things I'd like to say,

but first of all to let you know

that I arrived okay

I'm writing this from Heaven

where I dwell with God above

where there's no more tears

or sadness there

is just eternal love

Please do not be unhappy

just because I'm out of sight

remember that I'm with you

every morning, noon and night

That day I had to leave you

when my life on Earth was through

God picked me up and hugged me

and He said I welcome you

It's good to have you back again

you were missed while you were gone

as for your dearest family

they'll be here later on

I need you here so badly

as part of My big plan

there's so much that we have to do

to help our mortal man

Then God gave me a list of things

He wished for me to do

and foremost on that list of mine

is to watch and care for you

And I will be beside you

every day and week and year

and when you're sad

I'm standing there

to wipe away the tear

And when you lie in bed at night

the days chores put to flight

God and I are closest to you

in the middle of the night

When you think of my life on Earth

and all those loving years

because you're only human

they are bound to bring you tears

But do not be afraid to cry

it does relieve the pain

remember there would be no flowers

unless there was some rain

I wish that I could tell you

of all that God has planned

but if I were to tell you

you wouldn't understand

But one thing is for certain

though my life on Earth is o're

I am closer to you now

than I ever was before

And to my very many friends

trust God knows what is best

I'm still not far away from you

I'm just beyond the crest

There are rocky roads ahead of you

and many hills to climb

but together we can do it

taking one day at a time

It was always my philosophy

and I'd like it for you too

that as you give unto the World

so the World will give to you

If you can help somebody

who is in sorrow or in pain

then you can say to God at night

my day was not in vain

And now I am contented

that my life it was worthwhile

knowing as I passed along the way

I made somebody smile

So if you meet somebody

who is down and feeling low

just lend a hand to pick him up

as on your way you go

When you are walking

down the street

and you've got me on your mind

I'm walking in your footsteps

only half a step behind

And when you feel the gentle breeze

or the wind upon your face

that's me giving you a great big hug

or just a soft embrace

And when it's time for you to go

from that body to be free

remember you're not going

you are coming here to me

And I will always love you

from that land way up above

Will be in touch again soon

P.S. God sends His Love


Colonel Richard C. Rosser, Jr. USMCR (Ret.)

Golden, CO

It was a privilege to be asked by the CO to fly out to the crash site 7-5-68, and bring Jim and Lt. Daley home.  Jim and I arrived on the same plane the year before.  We were 60 days short of going home together.  Jim's daughter was 3 years old and his son was 11 months old.  43 years later I found Jim's daughter in VA and son in Utah. My wife Meera, and I flew to VA and turned over all the pictures I had of Jim and I provided the details of the mission.  I am glad I knew Jim and was proud to serve with him.

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