LITTLE, DANNY LEONARD Name: Danny Leonard Little Rank/Branch: E6/US Army Special Forces Unit: Company B, Detachment B-20, 2nd MSF CD, 5th Special Forces Group Date of Birth: 21 September 1946 Home City of Record: Abilene TX Date of Loss: 23 April 1970 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 145007N 1074108E (YB890417) Status (in 1973): Killed/Body Not Recovered Category: 2 Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Refno: 1602 Source: Compiled from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews. Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK in 1998. Other Personnel in Incident: (none missing) REMARKS: SYNOPSIS: On April 23, 1970, SSgt. Danny L. Little was an advisor to a Mobile Strike Force company when his company engaged an enemy unit. Little was hit numerous times, and according to an indigenous soldier who survived, Little died. Although several attempts to recover Little's body were made, recovery was futile because of the presence of enemy forces. The unit ultimately was forced to withdraw from the area, leaving Little behind. SSgt. Danny Little was classified Killed in Action, Body Not Recovered. He is listed with honor among the missing because his body is still on enemy soil. He is not among the relative few of the nearly 2500 Americans missing who cannot be accounted for. Little was shot in the close proximity of enemy troops. There is every reason to believe they know his fate, and the location of his body, if he is dead. Alarmingly, nearly 10,000 reports relating to missing Americans in Southeast Asia have been received since 1975. Most authorities believe there are hundreds of Americans still alive in enemy hands. Whether Little is one of them is not known. Authorities cannot agree on the means to resolve the POW/MIA issue, and particularly difficult is the issue of living American POWs. The Vietnamese continue to "bait" us regarding the POW/MIAs and continue to link the entire issue to reconstruction aid promised by President Nixon at the end of the war. Meanwhile, while countries engage in political games, Americans are dying in despair, abandoned by the country they proudly served.