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"Corporal David C. Greene came ashore on Iwo Jima in a Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel, or LCVP on 19 February 1945," writes Caitlin Bentley. "Today, Greene, along with three Navy and seven other Marine veterans, returned for the first time in 67 years. On an island only four miles in diameter, nearly 28,000 out of the 72,000 American soldiers committed were killed or wounded during 36 days of combat."

Bentley was one of eight Ohio State students selected for History 698.02, The Veteran Experience in the Pacific War, 1944-45. The study tour, organized by Mershon affiliates Peter Mansoor and Peter Hahn, paired each student with a veteran from World War II combat in the Pacific.

The Mershon Center co-sponsored the event, contributing $500 in travel costs for each student.

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Geoffrey Parker, Distinguished University Professor, Andreas Dorpalen Professor of History, and affiliate of the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, has been awarded the highly coveted Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for History 2012 by the 200-year old Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.

The prize is given biennially to recognize international scholars and scientists in five different fields who exemplify the highest levels of accomplishment in their areas. Recipients receive a $150,000 cash award at a special ceremony in Amsterdam. Although several of the past Heineken History Prize winners teach at American universities, Parker is the first Ohio State historian to be selected.

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Jenkins After more than 20 years of affiliation with the Mershon Center for International Security Studies, including 10 years as director, Richard Herrmann stepped down in July 2011 to become chair of the Department of Political Science at The Ohio State University.

Taking his place as director of the Mershon Center is another longtime affiliate, J. Craig Jenkins, professor of sociology, political science, and environmental science at Ohio State.

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