Herbert A. Littleton was born in Mena, Arkansas back in 1930 to Paul and Maude. The family moved to Blackhawk, South Dakota where he attended school at Spearfish, South Dakota and the East Port Orchard, Washington. He attended high school at Sturgis, South Dakota. After graduation, he worked as an electrical appliance serviceman in Rapid City, South Dakota.
He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1948, for a one-year term taking recruit training in San Diego, California. He was assigned as a Telephoneman and Message Center Man with the Signal Battalion at Camp Pendleton. He was discharged in 1949, however he re-enlisted in the same year. In 1950, he moved to Nampa, Idaho working as a lineman for Mountain States Telephone & Telegraph.
When the Korean War started in 1950 he was called to active duty. He was assigned as a radio operator with a four-man artillery forward observer. He posthumously earned the nation’s highest military award for valor on 22, April 1951. He fell on an enemy grenade to save the lives of fellow Marines who were near him from the grenade blast during The Battle of Hwacheon.
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