922nd Engineer Regiment, Aviation
Plot A, Row 11, Grave 15
Col. Augustine Patterson Little graduated from West Point and then earned a master’s degree in civil engineering. He commanded the 814thEngineer Aviation Battalion during the North African Campaign and the invasion of Sicily, followed by the 922nd Engineer Aviation Regiment during the invasion of Europe. He was awarded the Soldier’s Medal and Legion of Merit during the North African Campaign.
Little and his regiment landed in the second wave of landings in Normandy on June 7, 1944. One of his battalions built the first evacuation airfield following the landings. He remained on the frontlines during the entire Normandy Campaign. While he and his regiment were inspecting Le Bourget Airfield outside Paris on August 27, 1944, Little’s car came under fire and the driver, Cpl. Clifford Farr, was wounded. While Little and his executive officer attempted to pull Farr from the car, Little was hit in the stomach. He died two days later from his wounds in a nearby hospital.
Awards: Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Soldier’s Medal
Augustine Patterson Little, Jr. is buried in Normandy American Cemetery Plot A, Row 11, Grave 15.