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South Pittsburgh Marine dies in mortar attack


Arlington native Sgt. Joseph P. Goodrich, 32, was one of two Western Pennsylvania marines killed in a mortar attack on Sunday, July 10 in the town of Hit in western Iraq.

Goodrich was a member of Kilo Company, a Marine Forces Reserve unit based in Moundsville, W.Va. The company is part of the Reserve's 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, 4th Marine Division.

According to inspections instructor Marine Capt. Jeremy Dempsey, Goodrich was with Lance Cpl. Ryan J. Kovacicek of Washington, PA when they died. The marines were in a group of four at their base camp when they received small arms fire. The group separated and Kovacicek and Goodrich were together when the mortar came in.

Prior to joining the Marines, Goodrich served as a police officer in Indiana, PA from March 1999 to June 2001. He and his wife of 6 ½ years, Amy, were residents of the city's Westwood neighborhood. He was the son of Patricia and James Goodrich of Arlington.

Goodrich was a 1991 graduate of Central Catholic High School and attended South Side Catholic at St. Adalberts on the Flats.


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