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2nd Bde

545th Military Police Company

1st Cavalry Division, 545th MP Platoon and Arctic MP Battalion

Military Police Stations

And

Provost Marshal Operations Facilities

A Pictorial History

 Compiled by CPT Sam Reinert

As of January 26, 2012

 

“The Provost must have a horse allowed him and some soldiers to attend him, and all the rest commanded to obey or assist, or else the service will suffer; for he is but one man and must correct many and therefore he cannot be beloved. And he must be riding from one garrison to another to see the soldiers do not outrage nor scathe the country.”

 

There is a great deal of written history concerning the 545th Military Police Company and the 1st Cavalry Division Provost Marshals, but until now there has been no pictorial history of the actual physical structures and facilities utilized by this organization. With the assistance of the many veterans of the 545th Military Police Company who gave so willingly of their time and precious photographs, this document has been made possible.

 You will note that when on Post Camp and Station Duty, the 545th MP Company had some rather nice MP Stations, and even in combat managed to organize some rather professional looking MP stations (as in Phouc Vinh, Vietnam), but they could operate in temporary and crude conditions as in Song Be as well.

 

 

  

Fort Bliss, Texas

 

The old Ft Bliss Guard House with two Provost Sergeants and their Guard Detail on the porch.  This Guard House was constructed in 1893 and both the post guard and the Provost Sergeants utilized this structure.  There were confinement cells in the basement.

If you look close enough you can see the old Cavalry Dragoon Shako helmets on the Sergeants

 

Old Ft Bliss barracks on the left, Division Headquarters on the right and Staff offices (which included the PM’s office) w/BOQ upstairs in the center circa 1914

 

 

 

 

Australia

 

The 1st Cavalry Division Provost Marshals office was located within the Division Headquarters compound located at Strathpine, Queensland, Australia in a tent similar to the one pictured above.  The exact location is unknown at this time.

 

It may have been one of the tents in the Hqs. compound shown above. 

 

 

 

 

Pacific Theatre, WW II

Pacific Islands

 

Initially, the Division Provost Marshal had his office in one of the many troop ships and once the Division landed on Los Negros Island and began island hopping there was never enough time to set up even a semi-permanent MP Station or PMO until the unit the hit Manila.  The PMO moved with the Division CP and oftentimes found itself under fire.  In one instance Japanese stragglers were discovered hiding in the Div CP within feet of the PMO and two of the Division MP’s were wounded taking them prisoner.

 

 

 

Japan

 

 

Office of the PM was located in the Division Hqs Bldg at Camp Drake

 

1st Cav MP Platoon Orderly Room and PMO Operations building at Camp Drake, Japan

1946 - 1949

 

MP Provisional Platoon Orderly Room and PMO Operations Bldg. at Camp Drake, Japan

 

545th MP Co Guard Mount at Camp Drake, Japan 1949

 

CPL Reich (a member of our association) on left, CPL Willoeft

 on right and unknown Desk SGT at the Sapporo MP Station, Japan 1952

 

The PMO was located within the Division Hqs at Camp McGill, Japan 1949/50

 

PMO Operations, Camp Schimm, Sendia, Japan 1956

 

545th MP Desk Sergeant Domagaiski at MP Station (pictured above) at Camp Schimm, Sendia, Japan circa 1956

 

545th MP SFC Purcell briefing VIP’s at the MP Station at Camp Crawford, Japan

SFC Purcell is a member of our association

 

545th MP Co. Guard Mount in front of the MP Station at Camp Crawford, Japan 1951

 

545th MP co guard Mount at Camp Crawford, Japan 1952

 

545th MP Desk at Hardy Barracks, Japan circa 1957

 

Exterior photo of the 545th MP Station in Sapporo Japan

 

MP Duty Officer and Desk SGT at Sapporo Japan

 

 

 

 

 

Fort Gulick, Panama

 

MP Station located downtown in the Canal Zone where joint patrols worked to maintain law and order 1955

 

Fort Gulick Post Headquarters where the Provost Marshal had his office

 

Getting ready for Guard Mount at Fort Gulick, Panama 1955

 

Unidentified 545th MP Platoon Desk Sergeant on duty in Panama

 

545th MP B.W. Shearon on Pier Duty in the Canal Zone 1955

 

Sp/4 Shearon on foot patrol in an off limits street in Panama 1955

Sp/4 Shearon is a member of our Association

 

The Navy Shore Patrol and the Marine MP’s often worked joint patrol with us in the Canal Zone

 

Note the “This Bar is not restricted” sign in the upper left of this photo and the many US civilian POV’s parked in front of it.  That is a Civilian Panamanian Policeman standing in front of the bar and they often worked joint patrols with us as well

 

Typical back alley way where MP’s walked a beat on night patrol in the Canal Zone in 1955.  This is probably a lady of the night and her pimp

 

 

 

 

Korea

 

545th MP Station at Camp Howze, Korea

 

Unidentified 545th Desk Sgt at Camp Howze MP Desk in Korea

  

Joint I Corps and 545th MP Co MP Station in Korea

 

545th MP Station, Yong-Ju-Gol, Korea, vicinity of Camp Custer, 1963

 

545th MP Co Orderly Room and MP Opns, Camp Custer, Korea circa 1963

 

545th MP Desk Operation with interpreter at Camp Custer, Korea circa 1963

 

Getting ready for another Pay Day night shift at the 545th MP Station, Yong Ju Gol, Korea 1964
Just outside Camp Custer in the ville

 

Pfc DeWitt, Sgt Rucker & Pfc Simmons, MP Station, Yong Ju Gol, Korea, 64

 

 

 

 

 

Vietnam

 

 

This is the Joint MP Station entrance at An Khe circa 1965.  The 545th MP Co worked out of this station for a while upon arrival in country until they established their own MP Station later on

 

Joint MP Station at Tay Ninh, RVN where the 545th and the 24th MP Companies along with the ARVN MP’s maintained joint patrols circa 1969

 

545th MP Station and PMO, LZ Two Bits, RVN circa 1967

 

CID Office Hooch, Phouc Vinh, Vietnam circa 1969

 

545th SSG Sheperd at PMO Opns tent, LZ Two Bits, RVN 1967

SSG Sheperd is a member of our association

 

545th MP SSG Sheperd, MP Station, Camp Radcliff, RVN, circa 1967.

SSG Sheperd is a member of our Association

 

545th Guard Mount in front of MP Station and PMO, Phouc Vinh, RVN, circa 1969

SSG Carlos Miranda, Shift Supervisor (photo far left w/his back to the camera). 

SSG Miranda is a member of our association

 

545th Guard Mount at Phouc Vinh, RVN, 1969 with the Orderly Room in the background and the Co Hqs bunker  SSG Miranda is the shift supervisor (and a member of our association) being briefed by the MPDO

 

545th MP Company Orderly Room and MP Opns Center, Phouc Vinh RVN 1969 Note the Cargo chute in the background used for shade in the company area

 

CW2 Whitacre (far right) and his CID crew in front of CID office at Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

 

545th MP Station and PMO, Phouc Vinh, RVN, 1969

 

The boys in the back room at the 1st Cav PMO Shop in Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969

SFC Spruill is 2nd from left in top row who is a member of our association.

He later became 545th 1SG at Ft Hood

 

Chief Pachecko and his CID crew at Phouc Vinh, RVN

(The Chief is holding the beer can)

 

545th MP Station at LZ Buttons, Song Be RVN 1969

 

MP Station Sign at Song Be, RVN 1969

 

SFC Spurill (who was later to become the 1SG of the 545th MP Co at Ft Hood) on duty at the very crude MP Desk at Song Be, RVN 1969. 1SG Spruill is a member of our association.

 

Interior of 545th MP Co Station at Phouc Vinh, Vietnam 1969

It should be noted that the entire MP Station, MP Desk and all the painting was constructed by 545th MP’s Note the mahogany paneling behind the desk which was rip cut from one tree with a chain saw and planed with beer bottle glass.  Yours truly with his back to the camera.  Note:  It had to be after 1800 hrs as we all had our sleeves rolled down for mosquito control

 

545th MP Station at Quan Loi in the old Rubber Plantation area

Circa 1968

 

Mama San in the Bien Hoa PM Shop 1969

  

Since the 1st Cav had units at Bear Cat, the 545th MP Co provided a 6 man squad to operate out of the 720th MP BN MP station at that location along with the Royal Thai Army Military Police.  That is SGT Richard Adams in the center of the photo who was a 545th MP Co MP Investigator in 1971

 

SGT Richard Adams, 545th MP on the Desk at Bear,  RVN 1970 – 1971

 

Vung Tau was an in country R&R Center in Vietnam and all of the allied troops sent members of their organizations as well as entire units to this facility for R&R stand downs.  The English, Australian, Korean, Thai, Vietnamese and American Military Police had MPs from their units working out of this MP Station and that included 545th MP’s from the 1st Cav – photo circa 1970

 

SGT Baker of the 545th MP Co speaking with the Desk SGT at Bear Cat 1970

 

Tay Ninh, MP Station where the 25th MP Co and the 545th MP Company worked joint patrols out of in 1969

 

 

Germany

 

SAAF Stuttgard, MP Desk Sgt David Bart

 

SAAF Stuttgard Gate Shack Inside

 

 

 

 

Fort Chaffee

 

Interior of Joint Police Operations Bldg at Ft Chaffee circa 1990 – 1991 where Federal FPS agents and 545th MP’s worked a joint mission

 

545th MP Co Orderly Room and MP Opns Center at Ft Chaffee, Arkansas circa 1980

 

 

 

 

Fort Drum, New York

 

545th MP Co CP and MP Opns Center during Operation Blue Northern circa 1982

 

 

 

Desert Storm

 

PMO Opns clerk and radio operator SPC Babb after a long night

SPC Babb is a member of our association

 

SGM Mason and PMO Crew at Assembly Area Horse 1990

 

LTC Lupo (seated center), Div PM and his crew during Desert Storm, Iraq circa 1990

 

PMO Operations tent in Desert Storm

 

 

 

 

Iraq

 

PMO Opns Center, Baghdad, Iraq

 

Joint Police Operations Center in Baghdad, Iraq

 

PMO and his staff

Left to right – MAJ R. Guieb, LTC R. Byrd and SGM M. Green

This was the “Field Forward” office on wheels

 

 

 

 

Fort Hood, Texas

 

Unidentified 545th MP Co Desk Sergeant on duty at the Ft Hood MP Station circa 1976

 

SFC Randal Hardy, PMO Opns Sgt 1975

 

1st Cav 545th MP Company Desk at Ft Hood MP Station circa 1974

 

III Corps MP Station at Fort Hood in 1975 – 1976 where the 545th MP’s worked jointly with other MP units on post

 

545th CO’s jeep and driver in front of the Orderly Room and MP Opns Center circa 1983

 

Another shot of the 545th Orderly Room and Opns Center circa 1984

 

The last 545th Orderly Room and MP Opns Center at Ft Hood 2005

 

545th MP Co Desk Sgt on the phone a the MP Station at Ft Hood 1976

 

545th CPL S. Sargent in front of the MP Station at Ft Hood circa 1986

 

The current PMO is located within the Division Hqs Bldg pictured above

 

 

545th Guard Mount in front of the barracks 1983

 

545th PMO Crew circa 1970 – 1971

 

Many of you will remember these cards

 

Out of Service for a meal in a restaurant just north of Fort Hood in Gatesville 1975

Off Post Road patrols at this time were often out of radio range so had to call in via land line every hour or so and often did this from such establishments

 

SGT Pennewell on the Dest at Ft Hood 1976

 

The very last photo of the last 545th Orderly Room and unit Guideon before the units’ inactivation at Fort Hood in 2005

 

 

 

 

Fort Richardson, Alaska

 

Fort Richardson MP Station

 

545th MPs at Guard Mount in front of the Joint MP Station/Dept of Emergency Services at Fort Richardson, Alaska 2008

 

545th MPs during the Patrol Briefing at the Joint MP Station at Fort Richardson, Alaska 2008

 

 

  

This historical portrayal of  PMO Operations facilities and MP Stations of the 1st Cavalry Division would not be possible without all the great contributions of veteran 545th MP’s who have given so freely of their time and rare photographs.  Should anyone viewing this document wish to submit additions or make corrections, kindly forward them to -

 

CPT Sam Reinert

545th MP Company Association

Richmond, Indiana   47374

765-962-4627 phone & FAX

samreinert1@verizon.net

http://545thmpassn.com/