Major Samuel George Goich USMCR (Retired) died August 14, 2010 at the Regency Care Center in Somerset, NJ. Major Goich was born in Chicago, IL on January 30, 1922. He served his nation faithfully in World War II and Korea. He was the first commanding officer of the First Provisional Demilitarized Zone Police Company formed after the Korean Armistice Aggreement signing on July 27, 1953. Major Goich was predeceased by his wife, Susan. He is survived by his sister, Angelina Derby.
I arrived at the DMZ camp site on the first day, before the tents arrived. I drove Captain Goich to a meeting in the zone where a Marine had accidently stepped over the "line" and was captured. Captain Goich parleyed with the North Korean brass for a couple of hours and they came to an agreement. We returned with the really scared "returnee"and when we got back he was turned over to the MP's. He was in deep trouble, dont know what ever happened to him.
Captain Goich used to call me "Clutch," reffering to my driving. He was a good Marine Officer, unlike some who came later. But then, he was tempered by combat and a long time out of OCS.
~ George Meadows