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Mervosh was born in Pittsburgh on June 14th, 1923. He remembers dealing with the Great Depression. It taught him how to be frugal. At 18, he joined the Marine Corps, his first pay was twenty dollars. He could not believe it. He would usually send the money home. Mervosh had two younger brothers. When he was in high school he had the Marine Corps on his mind. The propaganda posters were attractive to him. After Pearl Harbor there was no doubt in his mind that he wanted to join the Marine Corps. He joined in September of 1942.Mervosh went through his training at Parris Island [Annotator's Note: South Carolina]. He has a great respect for the drill instructors at Parris Island because of the rigorous training they had to endure. From Parris Island, Mervosh went to Camp LeJeune [Annotator's Note: North Carolina]. At Camp LeJeune, he realized that he had a long way to go in terms of learning how to fight. Mervosh was always thankful for his training even though when he first started it was tough.
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