BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Marine Corps League Detachment 1261 replaced the Herbert A. Littleton monument at the Polk County Courthouse on Friday, December 5th, 2015. Nathan Roth, Commandant of Detachment 1261, along with James Scott and George O’Daniel, saw the project through as the monument was placed.
Herbert A. Littleton was a Mena native who gave his life saving his unit from destruction during the Korean War. His ultimate sacrifice earned him the Medal of Honor. “We are proud to represent his name and be known as members of the ‘Herbert A. Littleton’ Detachment 1261 of the Marine Corps League,” said Roth.
In 2010, a United States Marine anonymously donated $5,000 to the Rich Mountain Community College Foundation to start an endowment for a scholarship fund. The RMCC Foundation contacted the local Marine Corps League and they decided to go one step further.
“Over the course of the past five years, we held all manner of sales, fundraisers, and drawings to raise funds for this scholarship. During our Marine Corps Birthday Ball held in November, we presented Tammy Young of RMCC the final check to complete and fulfill the $25,000 Herbert A. Littleton scholarship,” explained Roth.