Born in Beattyville, Ky., on March 8, 1920. He grew up attending a one room school in Walker's Creek then walked to the St. Helen's High School. He attended the University of Kentucky from 1937-41. And entered the military as a fighter pilot whose first combat experience was with the famed Flying Tigers over China and Burma during World War II, as a Wing Commander, and as a high-ranking staff officer, he was involved in every major fighting effort of his country from World War II to the Vietnamese struggle. He was Deputy Chief of Staff of the Seventh Air Force in Vietnam, and at the time of his retirement in 1969, was a Brigadier General. He was decorated with the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Legion of Merit with Cluster, the Bronze Star, and the Air Force Medal with five Clusters. He also received the Air Force Commendation Medal with Cluster. Following his retirement he served for a time as a consultant to the General Electric Company. James W. Little was named to the Hall of Distinguished Alumni on November 6, 1970. (source UK Alumni Association)
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Learn more about General Little and the two buildings built by the General in the Big Andy area of Lee County. One is the Peddler Fork Inn, which was once a restaurant and now owned by his daughter Mary who now operates it as a bed and breakfast retreat. The other is the General's Cabin, a cabin in the woods build by the General and now operating as a vacation rental owned by his daughter Joy.
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