PFC Johnnie Little Grave Marker Update

The effort to secure a government issued tombstone marker for the unmarked grave of Homestead serviceman Johnnie Little, who was killed in action during World War II, is moving forward. He was buried in Miami City Cemetery where many, many fallen warriors are. Their graves are marked with their service and record of their ultimate sacrifice, unlike Johnnie's, which remains unmarked more than 70 years after his death.

The May 26 News Leader article reached Congressman Carlos Curbelo during the Memorial Day weekend. He immediately instructed a senior staff member to take action on the matter. And the staff member did just that, contacting someone who over the weekend was able to locate Johnnie's WWII service record in Atlanta Georgia.

Pioneer Museum Vice President Larry Wiggins learned of the effort on May 27 and swung into action researching Johnnie on the Internet. Larry located a copy of the request made by Johnnie's family and the Miami City Cemetery for a grave marker. The request contained Johnnie' Army service number which enabled the congressman's staff to act so quickly. Larry also found census records.

Johnnie's given name was John William Little which Larry discovered.

The next step is for a member of Johnnie's

family to request a copy of his service record which then can be forwarded from Congressman Curbelo's office to the Veterans Administration for resolution of the problem. We suspect that the request was never acted upon.

Bob Jensen is a retired Navy Commander and president of the Florida Pioneer Museum and the Historic Homestead Town Hall Museum.