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Sergeant Major "IRON" MIKE MERVOSH

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS

STATIONED IN ROI NAMUR, MARSHALL ISLANDS, SAIPAN, TINIAN, IWO JIMA, KOREA, VIETNAM

MEDALS/HONORS RECEIVED

Three Navy Commendation Medals, Three Purple Hearts, Bronze Star

MEMORY/STORY

At age 19, Sergeant Major Mervosh enlisted in the USMC in September 1942. Following boot camp at Parris Island and Infantry Training in North Carolina, Mervosh was sent to Camp Pendleton and activated into the 4th Marine Division. In February 1945, Mervosh fought on Iwo Jima as a Machine Gun Section Leader, Rifle Platoon Commander, and Company Commander. He received two Purple Hearts for wounds received in battle and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal for his heroic actions on Iwo Jima. Following World War II, Mervosh reenlisted in the USMC, joining the 1st Marine Division, 3rd Battalion, G Company, and was sent to Korea. He was awarded the Bronze Star and his second Navy Commendation Medal for heroic actions in Korea. After two tours in Vietnam with the 1st Marine Division, he was awarded his third Navy Commendation Medal and third Purple Heart. Between wars, he served in five different Marine Divisions making countless operations and deployments in the Atlantic, Pacific, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. His final assignment was as the Fleet Marine Force Pacific Sergeant Major, the largest field command in the USMC. His rank as of February 14, 1958 as a Sergeant Major made him the most senior enlisted man of all the Armed Forces when he retired on September 1, 1977 after 35 years of service.