Music US Cavalry - "Gary Owen"
Since the Second World War, the 545th MP Company has been very fortunate in that there has always been an individual who took it upon themselves to collect and preserve our unit history. In some instances, the unit commander noticed these efforts and made it official by cutting orders making them the official Historical NCO or Historical Officer. On some military installations such as Fort Hood, Texas there were post regulations requiring such an assignment and a requirement to maintain and submit unit historical reports and keep unit historical files. Since the early 1940’s Department of the Army Regulations have required each unit to submit an annual historical report which they keep on file for several years before sending them to the National Archives. Some of these individuals went to great personal expense and effort to preserve our unit history. SSG Hosclaw is a good example of this. SSG Hosclaw, who was a Desk Sergeant, married a Korean girl and when the unit was deactivated at Camp Custer, Korea, he was told to destroy all the photos, artifacts and documents that were kept in the unit Historical Files in the PMO. Instead of doing this, he packed it all up in foot lockers and shipped it all as Household Goods (in lieu of his real household goods) to the dismay of his new wife. A few years later, when SSG Hosclaw heard that the 545th was being reactivated at Fort Benning, Georgia, he rented a van and took all the banded foot lockers to Ft Benning and reported in to the 11th MP Company which was to become the 545th MP Company on the following day. The 1SG accepted the footlockers and since the unit was departing for Vietnam very soon, the unit just packed all these banded foot lockers with all the rest of the unit equipment and shipped them to Vietnam in 1965. The author of this document commanded the 545th in Vietnam and personally saw these foot lockers in the unit Supply Room in Phouc Vinh, Vietnam in 1969.
World War II CPL Wilmoth, Josiah T.
Camp Drake, Japan SGT Lehman, Harold E.
Korean War ILT Haskell, John W.
Camp Crawford, Japan CPT Haskell, John W.
Camp Custer, Korea SSG Hosclaw, William H.
Vietnam SSG Wheeler, William G. & SFC Lozano, Earnest “Big Ernie”
Fort Hood, Texas Sp/4 Mumme, William
Iraq & Afghanistan SSG Ashcraft, Mike and SSG Kennedy, John K.
Fort Hood, Texas SSG Kennedy, John K and MSG Pentecost, Michael
Fort Richardson, Alaska SGT Bowles, Michael P. and 1LT Budenski, Jared
Iraq 1LT Budenski, Jared
Although there is an Army requirement for assigning unit personnel to collect and store historical data, many units do not follow regulations even when the Post they are located on also require such an assignment. Here below is the document assigning the very first unit Historical Officer since the days when the 545th was with the 1st Cavalry Division.
When the 545th MP Company was deactivated at Ft Hood, Texas in 2005, the 545th MP Company Association had just begun its existence and had only about 100 members. In addition to these foot lockers, the unit had accumulated boxes full of documents and photos. SSG Kennedy had made an attempt to catalogue and file these items but the job was overwhelming and he did not get it all done. Both the Post and the 1st Cav Division Historians would not accept most of these items as they were not catalogued or labeled properly and the unit was directed to destroy most of its historical documents and artifacts. The Division PM, LTC Bischof and the Co Commander, CPT Mularoni as well as the First Sergeant, 1SG Szczepankiewicz “1SG Spank” all decided that it would be better to send these items all to the unit Association. At their own expense, most of these items were packed up and sent to our association by MSG Pentecost, SFC Ashcraft and SSG McQueen. A few months later, several more boxes were shipped to the association from Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri by SSG Kennedy and SSG McQueen as they had taken some of the historical items with their household goods to that location and their new assignments. To all of these aforementioned patriots and loyal 545th veterans we owe our gratitude for saving so many photos and documents that preserve our unit history.
We are all especially thankful to SGT Mike Bowles – one of the very first NCOs assigned to the newly reactivated 545th MP Co at Ft Richardson for taking it upon himself to be the Unit Historical NCO in the very beginning before it was made official and an officer, 1LT Jared Budenski was assigned on orders to the duty of Unit Historical Officer shortly thereafter.
One of the primary missions of the 545th MP Company Association is the collection and preservation of our unit history and thankfully we have hundreds of members now that actively collect and send such information, photos and documents to our Association for inclusion in our web site. Everything that is in our web site is copied immediately to the MP Museum and Mr. Andy Watson, the MP Corps Command Historian makes sure that everything we send him is maintained in a safe and secure environment. Mr. Watson has been especially helpful with providing us with information that we did not have and for that we thank him. Sadly, Mr. Watson is moving on to greener pastures and we will miss him. Here below is a Farewell memo from him for our membership:
Mr Andy Watson, MP Branch Command Historian examining
one of the many historical documents in The MP History Office.
In addition to historical documents, the 545th MP Company
Association in cooperation with the MP Corps Chief Historian maintains a
unit personnel file on all Military Policemen and women who served with
the unit from the Fort Bliss, Texas days through the present day at Fort
Chief MP Branch Historian and his assistant
CPL Josiah "Joe" Wilmoth
MP Platoon, 1st Cavalry Division
Philippines circa 1945
Boos and CPL Wilmoth on water buffalo in the Pacific
December 17, 1944
Members of the 545th MP Co Association Honor Guard standing
in front of our Exhibit at Ft Leonard Wood, Missouri 2010
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