LECTURES: IWO JIMA 65th ANNIVERSARY
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Veterans Panel: Mike Mervosh and Jim Goodrich
Mike Mervosh retired from the Marine Corps with the rank of Sergeant Major, after serving over 35 years in the United States Marine Corps. Mike is a veteran of 3 wars, having served with the 4th Marine Division in WWII landings at Roi-Namur, Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima. He returned to service in Korea where he fought with the 1st Marine Division for two years. Mike served two tours of combat in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division before finally retiring in the '70s.
Jim Goodrich enlisted in the Marines at the ripe age of 16. His first assignment was to the 2nd Marine Division, which he fought with on Guadalcanal and also Tarawa as a BAR man. Having served his tour of duty, young Goodrich was sent home for the duration of the war. That respite was to be short lived as only a few months later he was ordered to the fledgling 5th Marine Division to serve as cadre. Goodrich joined the 5th in the States and departed with his new unit across the Pacific where he made the landing at Iwo Jima. Jim landed at Red Beach 1, H-Hour, first wave, on February 19, 1945.