John McGoogan served in the 5th Marine Division, 26th Regiment. The 5th Division landed on beaches red 1, red 2 and green 1 at the base of Mount Suribachi on 19-FEB 1945 on Iwo Jima. The division sustained heavy initial losses, so much so that by that afternoon, the 26th Marine Regiment (26th Marines) had to be released as the division reserve. The 26th, John’s Regiment, landed on D+1, the 26th Marines and began offensive combat operations.
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