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545th Military Police Company

1st Cavalry Division and Arctic MP Battalion

A Pictorial History

Platoon and Group Photographs

As of May 4, 2016

 

The following is a collection of Platoon and Group photographs which has been compiled from submissions of the membership of the 545th MP Co. Association for the viewing pleasure of its members as well as to allow for copies to be made available to those unfortunates that have misplaced their platoon or group photos during the many reassignments and moves that a soldier normally finds him or herself involved with during the normal course of a military career.  Enjoy!

 

Fort Bliss, Texas

 

There are no known platoon or group photographs of the original MP Platoon, Hqs Troop, 1st Cavalry Division at Ft Bliss available at the writing of this document.

 

Australia

 

There are no known platoon or group photographs of the original MP Platoon, Hqs Troop, 1st Cavalry Division in Australia available at the writing of this document.

 

Pacific Theatre

WW II

 

There are no known platoon or group photographs of the original MP Platoon, Hqs Troop, 1st Cavalry Division in the Pacific Theatre at the writing of this document.

 

 

 

Japan

 

This is the very first official Platoon photo of the MP Platoon, Hqs Troop, 1st Cavalry Division at Camp Drake, Japan,  These were the MP’s that policed the 1st Cav occupation troops in Japan and this photo contains all members of the unit to include cooks, clerks, mechanics, line duty MP’s Officers and NCO’s. circa 1947 - 1948  There are several members of this unit in this photo that are active members of the unit association.

 

Line Duty MP’s from the MP Platoon at Camp Drake being inspected by CPT Louis Mehl, CO, 545th MP Company circa 1949 - 1950

 

545th MP Co Provisional Platoon members

Left to right:  PFC Hartsaugh, SFC Purcell (Platoon SGT), SSG Carl and PFC Johnson

Camp Crawford, Japan circa 1953 SFC Purcell is a member of the unit association

 

 

 

Korea

 

545th MP Co POW Processing and ID Section, CPT Lee top left and unknown driver top right, SSG Charazan bottom left and CPL Everhart bottom right, Korea circa 1950

Roger Everhart is a member of the unit association

 

545th MP Mike Duka (bottom left) and his fellow squad members in Korea circa 1951

Mike is a member of the Association

 

Hqs Platoon, 545th MP Co, Camp Custer, Korea 1964

 

1st Platoon, 545th MP Co, Camp Custer, Korea 1964

 

2nd Platoon, 545th MP Co, Camp Custer, Korea   1964

 

3rd Platoon, 545th MP Co, Camp Custer, Korea   1964

 

4th Platoon, 545th MP Co, Camp Custer, Korea 1964

 

3rd MP Detachment, I Corps.  These MP’s were attached to the 545th for billets and rations and pulled joint patrol with the 545th MP Co. at Camp Custer, Korea 1964

 

545th MP Co Security Platoon, Camp Howze, Korea 1964

 

Security Platoon, 545th MP Co at Camp Howze, Korea circa 1964

Top Row (left to right):  Sp/4 Johnny Summers, PFC Joseph Espinosa

Middle Row (left to right):  PFC Daniel Nietfeldt, Unk, PFC Herbert Butler, PFC Gary Duff

Front Row (left to right):  SSG Phillips (Plt SGT), PFC Arnold Davis, Sp/4 Franklin Weed, PVT Gerald Timmins, Unk, SGT Theodor Chmiel

This platoon provided security and escort duty for the 1st Cav Div CG in Korea

 

545th MP Co CID Detachment at Camp Custer Korea 1964

 

PMO Staff at Camp Custer, Korea 1964

 

 

Vietnam

 

1965 - 1966 Group photo

545th MP Company An Khe 1965 - 1966. Although a group photo of them is not available, here is a group photo of some of the surviving members that along with the 1st Cav Div were deployed to Vietnam in 1965.

 

 

 

1st Platoon, 545th MP Company at LZ English 1967

 

 

2nd Platoon, 545th MP Co, Vietnam 1967

 

Members of the 545th MP Co at Phouc Vinh, RVN circa 1968

Standing from left to right: 1SG Palmer, MP’s Unknown, Ellis, Abernathy, Griffiths, Bethune, Ebez, Olson, Reese, Brandt, Sisco, Coyne and CPT Eden (w/shades)

Kneeling from left to right:  Unknown, Unknown, Wertz, Johns, Unknown, Bishop and just out of the photo is Brown

 

Hqs Platoon, 545th MP Co at Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

Plt Sgt and Co Opns Sgt “Big Ernie” Lozano upper left

 

1st Platoon, 545th MP Company at Bien Hoa

Plt Sgt SFC James Currie top row center

 

2nd Platoon (minus), 545th MP Co at Quan Loi, RVN 1969

Plt Sgt SFC Hernandez top row far right

Note 1SG Bill Sykes top row far left who was on a visit to Quan Loi that day

Also note “Dirty Dan” the grounds keeper, bunker builder and maintenance man who was deaf due to torture by the VC (so the story goes)

 

1st Squad, 2nd Platoon, 545th MP Co at Tay Ninh, RVN 1969

Sqd Ldr SSG Welsh top row far right

 

3rd Platoon, 545th MP Co at Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

Plt Sgt SFC Lord Top row far right

 

4th Platoon, 545th MP Co, Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

Plt Sgt. SFC “The Rock” Jackson Top Row right

It should be noted that each of these platoons provided manpower for various LZ’s, Fire Bases and semi permanent TCP’s throughout the Division AO.  LZ’s Love, Buttons and Joy as well as Song Be are just a few of these locations and we have no group photos from these locations at this time to include in this document.

 

CID Detachment, 545th MP Co at Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

Chief Thomas Whitacre far right

 

PMO Staff at Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

PMO Opns Sgt. MSG Hamik top row far left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Germany

 

 

 

Stuttgart Group Photo

 

SAAF 545th MP Platoon Group Photo 1985, Stuttgart Germany

 

 

 

 

Desert Storm

 

2nd Squad, 3rd Platoon, 545th MP Co, Iraq late 1991

Far left is CPL Renauld, then SPC “Big John” Hunter, Unknown, SPC Butler, SSG Terry Cashett (Squad Leader).  Top row rear is CPL Unknown, Unknown, PFC Morgan and SPC Mecham.  SSG Cashett is a member of the unit association

 

2nd Platoon “Berm Busters” in Iraq

 

2nd Platoon in Iraq

 

 

 

 

 

Kuwait

 

3rd Platoon 545th MP Company somewhere in Kuwait

 

SPC Frank Garza holding the 3rd Plt Guideon in Kuwait

Frank is a member of our organization

 

 

4th Platoon, Kuwait

 

545th MP Company at Camp Beuhring, Kuwait in preparation for OIF 2009

 

 

 

 

Kosovo

 

There is no known platoon or group photograph of the 545th MP Co for Kosovo at the writing of this document

 

Afghanistan

 

There is no known platoon or group photograph of the 545th MP Co for Afghanistan at the writing of this document

 

 

Operation Iraqi Freedom II

Iraq

 

1st Platoon, 545th MP Co, Iraq 2004

 

2nd Platoon, 545th MP Co, Baghdad, Iraq 2004

 

3rd Platoon, 545th MP Co, Baghdad, Iraq 2004

 

4th Platoon, 545th MP Co, Baghdad, Iraq 2004

 

5th Platoon, 545th MP Co, Baghdad, Iraq 2004

 

6th Platoon, 545th MP Co, Baghdad, Iraq 2004

 

PMO Staff, 545th MP Co, Baghdad, Iraq 2004

 

 

 

Fort Hood, Texas

 

Senior Members of the 545th MP Co at Ft Hood, Texas 1977

CPT Richard Youngblood CO is seated third from left (w/glasses). Sitting right of him is 1st LT Eller XO. Behind him (the big guy) is SSG John Ellis, Platoon Sergeant. The two over from the CO is SFC Spruill (who also served as Plt Sgt and Opns Sgt with the 545th in Vietnam) and to the right of him is 1SG Hernandez (who also served with the 545th in Vietnam). Behind SFC Spruill are SGT Admire and 2nd LT Douglas Fonenot.

 

545th MP Co in Formation at Ft Hood, 1978

 

2nd Platoon, 545th MP Company, Ft Hood, 1978

 

545th MP Co PMO Crew at Fort Hood circa late 1970’s

 

Members of the 3rd Platoon, 545th MP Co at Ft Hood 1983 – 1984

 

545th MP Co Senior NCO’s at Ft Hood circa 1995 – 1996

Top row standing:  SFC O’Donnell (Opns Sgt), SSG Nobles (4th PLT PSG), SFC DeWitt (PM Opns Sgt), 1SG Daniel, SGM Bloomer (PM SGM), SSG Cunningham (6th Plt PSG)

Front Row seated:  SFC Gause (1st Plt PSG), SFC Ferguson (Motor Sgt), CSM Stalter, SSG Moses (3rd Plt PSG), SSG Gordon (2nd Plt).  Photo taken at the MP Ball.

 

 

 

 

Fort Richardson, Alaska

 

2nd Platoon, 545th MP Company with the PMG BG Rod Johnson (in Stetson) and CPT Sam Reinert (in Dress Blues) on the day of reactivation at Ft Richardson on August 12, 2008

 

Members of both the 2nd and 3rd Platoons, 545th MP Company during OC Spray training at Ft Richardson

 

545th MP Co in formation in front of the newly painted barracks at Fort Richardson, Alaska 2009

 

545th MP Co, HQ's Platoon 2009

 

 

545th MP Co, 1st Platoon 2009

 

545th MP Co, 2nd Platoon 2009

 

 545th MP Co, 3rd Platoon 2009

 

 

 

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) 09 – 11


545th MP Co, Joint Base Balad, Iraq 2010

 





HQS Platoon, 545th MP Company 2010





1st Platoon, 545th MP Company 2010





2nd Platoon, 545th MP Company 2010





3rd Platoon, 545th MP Company 2010

 

3rd PLT 545th MP CO War Dawgs 2010 Iraq

 

 

Please send additions or corrections to –

 

CPT Sam Reinert

Founder and CEO

545th MP Company Association

765 962 4627 phone & FAX

samreinert1@545thmpcoassn.org