H.R. 2162: To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 11th Avenue South in Nampa, Idaho, as the "Herbert A. Littleton Postal Station"

H.R. 2162

To designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 11th Avenue South in Nampa, Idaho, as the "Herbert A. Littleton Postal Station"

Date
May 12, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 2162 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  This legislation was introduced by Rep. Walter Minnick (D-ID) on April 29, 2009. 

 

 

Bill Summary

H.R. 2162 designates the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 123 11th Avenue South in Nampa, Idaho, as the "Herbert A. Littleton Postal Station."

 

 

Background

Private First Class Herbert A. Littleton (July 1, 1930 - April 22, 1951) was a United States Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for sacrificing his life to save his comrades during the Korean War.  The text of the Presidential Medal of Honor Resolution honoring him states,

For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving as a Radio Operator with an Artillery Forward Observation Team of Company C, First Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division (Reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 22 April 1951.  Standing watch when a well-concealed and numerically superior enemy force launched a violent night attack from nearby positions against his company, Private First Class Littleton quickly alerted the forward observation team and immediately moved into an advantageous position to assist in calling down artillery fire on the hostile force.  When an enemy hand grenade was thrown into his vantage point shortly after the arrival of the remainder of the team, he unhesitatingly hurled himself on the deadly missile, absorbing its full, shattering impact in his own body.  By his prompt action and heroic spirit of self-sacrifice, he saved the other members of his team from serious injury or death and enabled them to carry on the vital mission which culminated in the repulse of the hostile attack.  His indomitable valor in the face of almost certain death reflects the highest credit upon Private First Class Littleton and the United States Naval Service.  He gallantly gave his life for his country.