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Wallace W. "Pic" Littell ( Missoula 1944 )

posted: Jun 11, 2007

Pic, NSA Life Member and CPS-103 jumper, died May 28, 2007. He was a member of the Methodist Church and was drafted into Civilian Public Service from Portage, Montana, in 1943.
He jumped at Missoula 1944-45 and NCSB 1947-48. During the 1944 season he had 11 jumps and follow that with two practice, five fire and two rescue jumps in 1945.

Pic was one of the few CPS jumpers to be hired into the smokejumpers after WWII. Francis Lufkin at the Winthrop, Washington, smokejumper base did not have any reservations about hiring CPS jumpers after the war.

Pic graduated from Cornell College in Iowa in 1947, received his master's degree in political science from Columbia University and his Russian certificate from the Harriman Institute. Pic worked for the U.S. Information Agency and retired in 1985 as head of the Moscow office.

During his 30-plus-year career, he held many assignments in Eastern Europe. Pic, and his close smokejumper friend, Ben Conner, both were members of the 1947 NCAA championship wrestling team from Cornell College (IA). The team was honored in a June 2007 ceremony at the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in Stillwater, Oklahoma.