Richard Ervin

NAME:
Richard Ervin
NICKNAME:
SERVICE NUMBER:
627 43 98
HOME OF RECORD:
Steen, IN
NEXT OF KIN:
Parents, Oscar & Alta Ervin
DATE OF BIRTH:
10/6/1922
SERVICE DATES:
1943 – unknown
Served in Korea
DATE OF DEATH:
6/5/2001
CAMPAIGN UNIT MOS RATE RESULT
IWO JIMA 1/24 Corpsman PhM2c
INDIVIDUAL DECORATIONS:
Bronze Star
LAST KNOWN RANK:
Pharmacist’s Mate, First Class

Richard Ervin was born in Frichton, Indiana in October 1922. He grew up in Knox County with his parents, Oscar and Alta (Wininger) Ervin, and three older sisters.

Richard Ervin’s Selective Service registration card. Note the incorrect date of birth.

Ervin joined the Navy in 1943. He first served as a corpsman in the dispensary of Camp Pendleton, California, treating illness and injuries suffered in training. In July 1944, he was attached to the 62nd Replacement Battalion, which took him to Hawaii. There, he joined the Fourth Marine Division, and was sent to First Battalion, 24th Marines when they returned from the Marianas in August.

Doc Ervin had a lot of catching up to do, as he was replacing another corpsman who had been killed or wounded. However, he proved himself on Iwo Jima, surviving the entire battle unwounded and receiving a Bronze Star for his actions. He stayed with the battalion until the end of the war, and returned to California on October 25, 1945.

Many of 1/24’s corpsmen were decorated for valor after Iwo Jima. Walter Dodd, Robert Haynes, Robert Ervin, Curly Klauss, and Carl Zaar were awarded the Bronze Star. For Dodd and Klauss, it was the second such honor.

Ervin elected to remain in the Navy; he served during the Korean War and eventually retired as a Pharmacist’s Mate First Class. He died in Illinois and is buried in City Cemetery, Lawrenceville.

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