Incident: Killed when his tank was attacked with a makeshift bomb while conducting combat operations near Ferris.
Jason T. Little
LITTLE, Jason T.
Marine Lance Corporal Jason Thomas Little died Saturday evening, January 7, 2006, when his tank was attacked with an improvised explosive device near Ferris, Iraq. Jason loved his country and wanted to help spread freedom and democracy throughout the world. He was extremely proud to be a Marine and his quiet intensity proved his reliability and loyalty to his country, his unit, and most importantly, his comrades. He had been in Iraq since September, 2005, when his unit, 2nd Tank Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, left Camp Lejeune, NC. Jason enlisted in April of 2004 and was on his first tour of duty in Iraq. Jason was born May 29, 1985, in Battle Creek, MI, a son of Thomas J. and Jacqueline R. (Wolf) Little. He graduated from Climax-Scotts High School in 2003 and attended classes at Kalamazoo Valley Community College before entering the Marine Corps. In high school, Jason's interest in computers led him to look into career training in computers and electronics. He also enjoyed politics and was a member of the Young Republicans. Jason was a quiet young man who enjoyed working and playing hard and spending time with his friends and family. He was respected and loved by many and his actions proved his mettle. Jason was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Beverly Little, in 2001. He is survived by: his parents, Thomas and Jacqueline Little of Climax; a sister, Stephanie Little of Lansing; a brother, Derek Little of Climax; paternal grandfather, Donald Little, Sr., of Kalamazoo; maternal grandparents, Elmer & Geraldine Wolf of Climax; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon Tuesday at Calvary Bible Church, 855 Drake Rd, with the Rev. James Dyke and CDR Paul Burmeister, CHC, USN, officiating. Burial with full military honors provided by the United States Marine Corps will follow in Fort Custer National Cemetery. Visitation will be held Monday from 2-4 & 6-8pm at Langeland Family Funeral Homes, Portage Chapel, 411 E. Centre Ave. Memorials should be directed to: Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, 825 College Blvd., Suite 102, PMB 609, Oceanside, CA 92057.
NEWS RELEASES from the United States Department of Defense No. 030-06 IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2006 Media Contact: Marine Corps Public Affairs - (703) 614-4309 Public/Industry(703)428-0711
DoD Identifies Marine Casualties
The Department of Defense announced today the death of five Marines who were supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom:
Lance Corporal Kyle W. Brown, 22, of Newport News, Virginia Lance Corporal Jeriad P. Jacobs, 19, of Clayton, North Carolina Lance Corporal Jason T. Little, 20, of Climax, Michigan Corporal Brett L. Lundstrom, 22, of Stafford, Virginia Lance Cpl. Raul Mercado, 21, of Monrovia, California
All five Marines died on January 7, 2006.
Mercado was killed when his vehicle was attacked with an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations near Al Karmah, Iraq. Spec. Walter B. Howard II
Hometown:Rochester, Michigan, U.S.
Age: 35 years old
Died: February 2, 2006 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.