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than this, that he lay
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for his friends."
John 15:13



This page is dedicated to those U.S.S. Little Rock shipmates who gave their lives serving their country.
The information presented is from creditable sources only.
When no confirming information is available, "Unconfirmed" is so noted.


Page last updated: 23 September, 2016




Cpl. B. Bartle

BARTLE,  BARRY G., SGT. USMC

PERSONAL DATA
  Name: Barry George Bartle
  Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 1966-67

  Home of Record: Longwood, Florida
  Date of birth:  15 Apr 1946

  Marital Status: Single

MILITARY DATA
  Service:        Marine Corps (Regular)
  Grade at loss:  E5
  Rank:           Sergeant
  ID No:          2124524 
  MOS:           0311 Rifleman
  LenSvc:       Between 3 and 4 years
  Unit:            L CO, 3RD BN, 3RD MARINES, 3RD MARDIV

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:     Tuesday, 04/23/1968
  Cas Date:       Tuesday, 05/28/1968
  Age at Loss:   22
  Remains:        Body recovered
  Location:       Quang Tri, South Vietnam
  Type:              Hostile, died outright
  Reason:          Gun or small arms fire - Ground casualty


ON THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL
WALL:  Panel 64W Line 005

28 Apr 2008

Sergeant Bartle was stationed with me from 1966 until 1967 aboard ship. He was always squared away and was a hard charger.  We used to share some stories from home together and I can say that I know Sergeant Bartle was doing his job above and beyond at the time of his death.  I heard about his death later, and was both surprised and will always miss the time we shared on duty.  If I hadn't had a role model such as he and some others, I would have never made Corporal.  That is a fact.  Semper Fi, Barry.

From a buddy,
Frederick R. Cousins

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BUTLER, D.H.,  BM1 USN


Died 31 Oct 47, onboard, when crushed between the ship and chain to buoy.



Ltjg Donald Droz
DROZ, DONALD G., LT USN

PERSONAL DATA
  Name: Donald Glenn Droz
  Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 1967 - 1968
  From: Rich Hill, MO
 
Date of birth:  29 Sep1943
  Marital Status: Married, one daughter

MILITARY DATA
  Service:        Navy (Regular)
  Grade at loss:  O2
  Rank:           Lieutenant (See Note below)
  ID No:          701531  
  MOS:           1100 Unrestricted Line Officer (Surface Warfare)
  LenSvc:       Between 2 and 3 years
  Unit:             PCF-43, COSDIV-11, TF-115, USNAVFORV
  Note:            O2 at loss.  Posthumous Promotion as indicated.

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:      Friday, 06/28/1968
  Cas Date:        Saturday, 04/12/1969
  Age at Loss:   25
  Remains:        Body Recovered
  Location:       An Xugen, South Vietnam
  Type:              Hostile, Died
  Reason:          Artillery, Rocket, Mortar - Ground Casualty


(See "Famous Crew Page")
(See "Death of PCF 43" website
(See "Be Good, Smile Pretty",  a film byTracy Droz-Tragos "a first-person documentary that tells the story of one daughter's struggle to know and grieve for the father she never knew, the father who died in Vietnam when she was three months old."  (Rated A+++ by Art & Jane Tilley)

ON THE
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL:  Panel 27W Line 063

REMEMBERED

Lieutenant (junior grade) Donald Droz was the skipper of PCF-43, a "swift boat" assigned to Coastal Division Eleven. On 12 April 1969 he and Chief Hospital Corpsman Robert Worthington of Underwater Demolition Team 13 were killed in action when eight boats of CosDiv-11 were ambushed. Quartermaster 3rd Class Thomas Holloway, cox'n aboard PCF-51, was killed in the same engagement.






A. Elliot

ELLIOT, ARTHUR J. II, LCDR. USN


PERSONAL DATA
  Name: Arthur James Elliot II
  Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 
1961 - 1962
  Home of Record:  Thomaston, ME
  Date of birth:   09 Apr 1933

  (See "Famous Crew Page")

MILITARY DATA
  Service:            United States Navy
  Grade at loss:   O4
  Rank:                Lieutenant Commander
  ID No:               610476
  MOS:                1100: Unrestricted Line Officer (Surface Warfare)
  Length Service:   12 years
  Unit:                  RIVRON 5, TF 116, USNAVFORV

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:         01/15/1968
  Incident Date:  12/29/1968
  Casualty Date: 12/29/1968
  Age at Loss:     35
  Location:         Go Cong Province, South Vietnam
  Remains:         Body recovered
  Casualty Type:   Hostile, died outright
  Casualty Reason: Ground casualty
  Casualty Detail: Artillery, rocket, or mortar

ON THE
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL:  Panel W35 Line 3

Lt(jg) Fitzpatrick
FITZPATRICK, CHARLES R. LT(jg) USN

USS Little Rock (CL-92) pilot Charles R. Fitzpatrick perished on the afternoon of 31 Dec 1946 when his SC-1 crashed in a snow storm off the coast of New Jersey. Click here for more details.


FREEMAN, JAMES


Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 1945
Died onboard (Not Confirmed)
Specifics not available.

SC1 Crew / Ens Friedlein

USS Little Rock CL92
Victor Division Crew

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enlarge it.)

Ensign Friedlein is in the rear row, at the extreme right.



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FRIEDLEIN, ROBERT L.

(OBITUARY)    Robert L. Friedlein (son of Leonard Emil Friedlein and Adele C Habermann) was born 08 Jul 1926 in Guttenberg, Iowa, and died 01 Oct 1948 in the Atlantic Ocean 500 miles east of Jacksonville, Florida.

Ensign Robert Friedlein, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs Leonard Friedlein, of East Dubuque, was killed when his plane crashed at sea Friday, according to word received Saturday by his parents from the Navy Department.

The navy message said that the plane of Ensign Friedlein crashed three minutes after it had taken off from the USS Missouri in a training flight. His body was not recovered.

There were no other details other than the plane went down at latitude 30 north and longitude 74.30 west, which is located about 500 miles east of Jacksonville, FL. The message was signed by Rear Admiral T.L. Sprague, chief of naval personnel, at Washington DC.

Ensign Friedlein entered service in January 1944, and received his V-12 training at Notre Dame. Later he was transferred to air cadet training at the U. of Iowa and in turn went to the Ottumwa training station (NAS Ottumwa) in Texas and then to Pensacola, where in April, 1947 he was awarded his gold wings. He spent a year flying on observation duty in the Mediterranean area and then was stationed at Norfolk, Va. He was recently assigned to duty on the USS Missouri.

He was born July 8, 1926 in Guttenberg, Iowa. The Friedleins moved in 1938 to Dubuque, Iowa. He graduated from that high school in 1943. He attended St. Mary's church in East Dubuque.

Surviving besides his parents are two sisters, Mrs. Harvey Kuhle and Miss Adele Friedlein. Three brothers, Thomas, John and David Friedlein, his grandmother, Mrs Henry Friedlein of Guttenberg; and one nephew, Jimmy Kuhle of Dubuque.

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HUDSON, GEORGE M., CPL, USMC


Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 1946-1947
Casualty was in Korea (Not confirmed)
  




Lcpl. Harry Rivers

RIVERS, HARRY E., LCPL USMC


PERSONAL DATA
  Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 1967 - 1968
  Date of Birth:  
11 February 1949
  Marital Status: Single

MILITARY DATA
  Service:            United States Marine Corps
  Grade at loss:   E3
  Rank:               
Lance Corporal
  ID No:               610476
  MOS:                1100: Unrestricted Line Officer (Surface Warfare)
  Unit:                
E CO, 2ND BN, 26TH MARINES, 3RD MARDIV

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:      Aug 1968
  Cas Date:       
16 Sep 1968
  Location:        Quang Tri Province, South Vietnam
  Type:               Hostile
  Reason:          
Mortar - Ground Casualty

ON THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL:  Panel 43W - Line 009

From The Philadelphia Inquirer, 25 Sep 68

"A North Philadelphia neighborhood gave a quiet testimonial Tuesday for a Marine killed in Vietnam.

Flags flew at half staff on many houses in the vicinity of Ingersoll and Taney Streets for Marine Lance Corporal Harry E. Rivers, 19, son of Mrs. Bartholomew Nelson, 1320 N. Taney St. Signs in windows of neighborhood homes declared, "In loving memory of Harry".

Lance Corporal Rivers volunteered to go to Vietnam thus granting his younger brother, Levi, 18, military immunity from Vietnam service. But Levi, who is also in the Marines, subsequently waived the immunity and was also assigned to the battle area.

On September 16, Harry Rivers was killed during an enemy mortar attack in Quang Tri Province. He had been in Vietnam six weeks. He is survived by another brother and his parents."

GMM3 Richrd C. Smith

SMITH, RICHARD C.,  GMM3 USN

Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock: 1962

GMM Smith died as a result of injuries received in the Missile House Magazine (Area 3) from a high-pressure hydraulic line failure.

From July 1962 Talosman

"LITTLE ROCK was saddened last week by the death of Richard C. Smith, GMM3, who passed away after sustaining injuries while working in the missile house. Smith was a devoted and well respected member of the 3rd division. His home was in Michigan and he is survived by his wife and parents. On behalf of the ship, the TALOSMAN would like to send out its most heartfelt sympathy to Smith’s family. Although he is no longer with us, his warmth and sincerity will remain as an eternal memorial to those of us left behind."





LtCol R.N. Smith

SMITH, ROBERT NORMAN,  Lt Col  USMC


Dates on U.S.S. Little Rock:  Mid-1960's


  PERSONAL DATA:
      Name:                  Robert Norman Smith
      Date of Birth:     20 Sept 1926
      Home:                  Trucksville, PA
      Marital Status:    Married

  MILITARY DATA:
    Service:                  United States Marine Corps
    Grade at loss:        O5
    Rank:                    
Lt.Col, promoted to Colonel while in MIA status
    ID No:                    610476
    MOS:                     1100: Unrestricted Line Off.(Surface Warfare)
    Unit:                     
Unit: HAMS 11, MAG 11
    Date of Loss:        19 August 1969
    Country of Loss:  North Vietnam

    Aircraft:                 F4B

ON THE VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL: Panel W19,  Line 74

REMARKS:

On 19 Aug 1969, Lt.Col. Robert N. Smith, pilot, and Capt. John N. Flanigan, radar intercept officer, departed Da Nang in their F4B Phantom fighter/bomber jet aircraft to fly escort on a photo reconnaissance mission just north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

Smith's aircraft made one run over the target, and then he and the other aircraft separated and were supposed to rendezvous for a second run. Smith never returned for the second run, and contact was never established with Smith or his backseater.

It was never determined whether Smith's aircraft was shot down or crashed because of a malfunction. However, the area in which they were last seen, about 5 miles east of the city of Vinh Linh in Quang Binh Province, was relatively heavily defended. The U.S. believed there was a high degree of  probability that the enemy knew what happened to Smith and Flanigan.

In 1989, the Vietnamese government repatriated remains believed to be those of  Flanigan.  Four subsequent joint US and Vietnamese investigations were able to locate their crash site in Quang Binh Province.

In 1993 and 1995,  joint U.S. and Vietnamese teams investigated and excavated the crash site in Hai Phong Province. Local villagers reported that remains had been previously recovered and turned over to higher authorities.  They also turned over bone fragments found near the crash site.

USAF NEWS RELEASE - 60TH AIR MOBILITY WING
PUBLIC AFFAIRS DIVISION, TRAVIS AFB, CA

NEWS RELEASE NO. 9706-20    JUNE 26, 1997

The remains of FIVE American servicemembers previously unaccounted for from Southeast Asia have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial in the United States.  Their remains will be repatriated in a ceremony at 4:00 pm June 26 on the Travis flightline.

They are identified as:
 
    LT.COL.LEWIS H. ABRAMS, USMC, of Montclair, N.J.
    MAJ. ROBERT E. HOLDEMAN, USMC. of Winchester, IN.;  and
    CAPTAIN JOHN N. FLANIGAN, USMC, of Winter Haven, FL. 

    THE NAMES OF  TWO AIR FORCE AVIATORS WILL NOT BE
    RELEASED AT THE REQUEST OF THEIR FAMILIES.

Note 1:  A ring located at the site was positively identified as that of LtCol Smith.

Note 2
: LtCol Smith's daughter Robin
and her husband, a journalist with CBS, were able to go to Vietnam in April 1995 and visit the crash site where remains of  LtCol Smith's plane had been found. Together they produced a documentary entitled: "He's Only Missing".
Robin's sister Kimberlee Smith says: "It is nice to have closure."




Robert Starbuck


STARBUCK, ROBERT F.,  SGT USMC

PERSONAL DATA
 
Name: Robert French Starbuck
  Dates on USS Little Rock: 1962 - 1963
 
Home of Record:  Montgomery, New York
  Date of birth:       
17 July 1941

MILITARY DATA
  Service:        United States Marine Corps
  Grade at loss:  E5
  Rank:           Sergeant
  ID No:          1939063 
  MOS:            0369 Infantry Unit Leader
  LenSvc:        Between 6 and 7 years
  Unit:             2ND PLT, A CO, 1ST RECON BN, 1ST MARDIV

CASUALTY DATA
  Start Tour:      Not recorded
  Cas Date:       
04 Feb 1967
  Age at Loss:   25
  Remains:        Body recovered
  Location:       Quang Ngai, South Vietnam
  Type:              Hostile, died of wounds
  Reason:          Other explosive device - Ground casualty


ON THE
VIETNAM MEMORIAL WALL:  Panel 14E - Line 121

1 Jan 2001

He was my Drill Instructor 9/65 at MCRD Parris Island. He taught toughness, responsibility, and loyalty.  Starbuck left a lasting impression on me. This is my thanks. God bless him and all the others.
Semper Fidelis

From a recruit and friend, John Fahey

28 Oct 2005  From my "Watch Fires '99" ...

I also thanked Sgt. Starbuck for those words of encouragement he gave me on Parris Island the night before he left for his second tour in Vietnam ...  the one that he never returned from.

From a Marine recruit who was in Sergeant Starbuck's platoon in
March 1966,

Sal Latina

06 Feb 2007

I always thought me and Corporal Starbuck had a special bond at Parris Island (Platoon 206, 1965). I was like the black sheep of the platoon, but ended up with the most honorable position, carrying the guidon.  I survived recruit training because of Corporal Starbuck. He led by example, and was the epitome of the Marine Corps.

I ran into him in Vietnam just before he gave the last full measure of devotion to the country he loved. He's on the top of my hero list.  Please see www.thewall-usa.com.  If you knew Sergeant Starbuck, you had the high privilege of knowing one of the finest men on earth. I would like to learn more about his life and the circumstances surrounding his death. lease email me.

From a friend and fellow Marine
Richard Harrison   P. O. Box 43,  Flat Rock, N.C 28731

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WILLIAMSON, WALLACE


Dates on USS Little Rock: 1946-1948
Casualty was in Korea (Not confirmed)


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