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The BG Jeremiah P. Holland Award
As of January 26, 201
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Historical information and images complements of: Command Sergeant Major Freddie L.T. Brock, Provost Command Sergeant Major; Mr. Andy Watson, Branch and Command Historian, US Army Military Police Corps; and by Dr. Ronald Craig.

 



BG Jeremiah P. Holland


General Holland was a native of Milwukee, Wisconsin. Upon graduation from the United States Military Academy in 1927, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery, Regular Army.

General Holland spent the early years of his career in various Field Atillery assignments, and served as Assistant Professor of Military Science and Tactics for the University of Oklahoma. General Holland began his Military Police career in 1941 as Assistant Provost Marshal, Third Army. During World War II, he was assigned to the Southwest Pacific Theater as Asistant Provost Marshal and then Provost Marshal, HQS, USASOS, and in 1945, General Holland became the Chief of the Civil Police and Provost Marshal for the City of Manila. He served as Provost Marshal for HQS, Fifth Army; Chief, Military Police Division, Office of the Provost Marshal General; Chief, Plans and Operations Division, Office of the Provost Marshal General; Provost Marshal General Center; Commandant, The Provost Marshal General School; Provost Marshal, US Army Europe; and again, Commanding General, Provost Marshal General Center and Fort Gordon, and Commandant, The Provost Marshal General School.

General Holland’s military education included the Field Artillery Battery Officer’s Course, The Command and General Staff College and the National War College.

General Holland was awarded the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, The Bronze Star Medal, and The Philippne Military Medal of Merit

General Holland retired from active military service in July, 1957 and died in 1985 at the age of 82.

 



Since the 545th MP Company was the very first Military Police Company to receive this award and because this organization is most often asked about not only the award but which other units were awarded the trophy and when, it was determined that detailed information be made available for all to view.

Hopefully, this will clear up any questions regarding this award. Anyone having additional information to contribute, please feel free to contact the originator of this document.

 



Acting 545th MP Company First Sergeant Carl C. Byrd
Holding the first JP Holland trophy in Phouc Vinh, RVN 1970

 
Brigadier General (BG) Jeremiah P. Holland initiated an award that is presented to the best company or smaller element in the Military Police Corps. He wanted to promote esprit de corps and recognize the unit that had displayed excellence during a 12-month period (1 October to 30 September)--the best in the Military Police Corps. The award (a trophy and letter) is based on total unit accomplishments, encompassing every phase of activity bearing directly on mission accomplishment. He donated $2,500 to establish the award and asked that the first award be presented on the Corps's anniversary. Major General Karl W. Gustafson then developed the procedures and established the award program on 18 August 1969. The first award was presented on 26 September 1970.

 


 

This is an image of the current trophy for the BG Holland Award which was presented in 2009

 



CPT Sam Reinert
Commander
545th MP Company
1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile)
Phouc Vinh, Vietnam 1969 – 1970

And

Founder
545th MP Company Association

Sam Reinert
CPT MP USAR (Ret)
Founder
545th Military Police Company Association
626 1/2 South 9th Street
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