Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service: 4th Marine Division; 6th Marine Division
  • Location of Service: Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands); Iwo Jima; Marshall Islands; Pacific Theater
  • Highest Rank: Private

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"My weapon was my language, and that language probably saved countless lives." (Video Interview, Part 4, 27:15)

After a hardscrabble upbringing, Keith Little was determined to contribute to the war effort when he learned about the attack on Pearl Harbor. The problem was, he was only 15 years old at the time and had to wait two years to enlist. A stranger signed for him to become a Marine, and Little signed up for the code talker program. Little witnessed some of the fiercest fighting in the Pacific Theater, while helping to maintain communications with a code that the Japanese couldn't crack.

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Keith Morrison Little Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Keith Morrison Little Collection

Names

  • Little, Keith Morrison
  • VA Central Office Broadcast Center (VACO)
  • Ramsey, Ann

State of Birth

  • AZ

Home State

  • NM

Headings

  • -  Little, Keith Morrison
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Notes

  • -  Veteran's biographical form lists race/ethnicity as Navajo.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • American Indian and Alaskan Native

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: 4th Marine Division; 6th Marine Division
    • Location of Service: Saipan (Northern Mariana Islands); Iwo Jima; Marshall Islands; Pacific Theater
    • Highest Rank: Private
    • Dates of Service: 1943-1945
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Documentary (collected 09/17/2005)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2005)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)
  • Video: VHS [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 07/19/2004)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/28922

Cite as

  • Keith Morrison Little Collection (AFC/2001/001/28922), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • video
  • pdf

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Little, Keith Morrison, Va Central Office Broadcast Center, and Ann Ramsey. Keith Morrison Little Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.28922/.

APA citation style:

Little, K. M., Va Central Office Broadcast Center & Ramsey, A. (1943) Keith Morrison Little Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.28922/.

MLA citation style:

Little, Keith Morrison, Va Central Office Broadcast Center, and Ann Ramsey. Keith Morrison Little Collection. 1943. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.28922/>.