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As in all US Army Divisions, the 1st Cavalry Divisions Provost Marshal is a Staff Officer on the Division Staff, but he has always been assigned on the morning report of the 545 th MP Co as well as all members of his staff. They have always felt a part of the 545 th MP Co in the Cavalry and therefore we include this section which is a generous mix of photos, history and general information concerning this part of the Division Law Enforcement Arm. For you civilians viewing this site – think of an Army Division as a community in any state in our United States about the size of a large county with the Provost Marshal acting as the County Sheriff.

            

 

Provost Marshal

The Provost Marshal is the special staff officer responsible for coordinating military police (MP) combat, combat support, and combat service support assets and operations. The PM is the senior military police officer in the command. The PM augments his staff with an officer to represent him on the Division staff in his absence. Besides his common staff responsibilities, the Provost Marshal's specific responsibilities are as follows:

•  Maneuver and mobility support operations, to include route reconnaissance, surveillance, circulation control, dislocated civilian and straggler control, information dissemination, and tactical and criminal intelligence collection and reporting.

•  Components of area security operations, to include activities associated with force protection, zone and area reconnaissance, and C-2 – protect (access control; physical security of critical assets, nodes, and sensitive materials; counter reconnaissance; and security of designated key personnel.

•  Internment and resettlement operations, to include collection, detention and internment, protection, Sustainment, and evacuation of EPW and civilian internees, dislocated civilians, and US Military Prisoners.

•  Law and Order operations, to include law enforcement, criminal investigations, US military prisoner confinement, and counter terrorism and antiterrorism activities.

•  Police intelligence operations, to include activities relative to the collection, integration and dissemination of police information and intelligence.

•  Security aspects of foreign internal defense (FID) operations, in coordination with the G2 (S2).

•  Support to Civil Authorities during disturbances and disasters when authorized and are legally permitted, in coordination with G5 and the Staff Judge Advocate.

•  Coordinates Customs and Counter Drug Activities

•  Provides physical security guidance to commanders, assistance in area damage control, and NBC detection and reporting

•  Performs liaison with local civilian law enforcement authorities

•  Assists the G1 in the administration of discipline, and law and order, including AWOL; desertion; court-martial offenses; requests for transfer of internees; detainees and prisoner rewards and punishments; and disposition of stragglers.

•  Provides statistical data on AWOL, desertion and so on to the G1 through G3

•  Recommends IR to the G1 through G3

•  Coordinates with the G4 for all logistical requirements relative to EPW and civilian internees, military prisoners and dislocated civilians.

•  Coordinates with the on post Criminal Investigative Division (CID) section on post during peace time for drug suppression and other felony type criminal investigations. In war time, supports the attached CID element logistically to insure they have freedom of maneuver on the battlefield to investigate war crimes, non combat related deaths, etc.

LTC Robert Byrd who during Operation Desert Shield/Storm was the 2nd Platoon Leader of the 545 th MP Co. and later, the Division Provost Marshal during Operation Iraqi Freedom II, provided and authorized this information for publication on this web site.

 

CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION - CID

The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) has a “Stove Pipe” chain of command in that they report to and are under the direct command of the Provost Marshal General. In the Cavalry, as in most other combat divisions within the US Army they are assigned to the Division MP Company (the 545 th MP Co) on the morning report and assigned to the unit for logistical, administrative, rations and housing support. They are assigned to the office of the division PM for operational assistance and control. This arrangement has varied slightly over the years from WW II until the present time, but in general the concept has remained the same.

For example – in peace time, the Provost Marshal may supply MP's for undercover work with the CID's Drug Suppression Team (DST). These MP's are given fake unit assignments and ID's and attempt to infiltrate the drug culture on and around the Post where the 1 st Cavalry is stationed at the time. In war time, MPs may be assigned to assist the CID in discovering the extent of and source of Black Market activities within the Division AO. The MPs also assist the CID by securing all felony crime scenes until the forensic specialists arrive to conduct the felony investigation.

In summation, the CID investigates all felony crimes within the division AO with the support of the PM and the unit MPs.

 

MILITARY POLICE STATION AND DESK OPERATIONS

The Military Police Station is normally under the direct operational control of the Division Provost Marshal and depending on the size of the Division area of responsibility, there may be more than one MP Station in the Division AO. Each station normally has one Station Operations Officer and one Operations NCOIC and these personnel are normally on the PM's staff. There may also be a Traffic Accident Investigation Section in each station (depending on the stations size and area of coverage) and the Traffic NCOIC is also usually on the PM's staff.

The remainder of the stations personnel is usually assigned from the Division MP Company and the company 1 st Sergeant and Company Commander tries to keep platoon integrity on each shift when possible. For example if the Desk Sergeant, Desk Clerk and radio operator are from the 1 st platoon, then the road and foot patrol personnel are also from the 1 st platoon. This is not always possible, but it is best to operate in this fashion as everyone knows each other and work well together. As in most military units, there are four squads in a platoon – therefore 1 st squad works day shift, 2 nd squad works swing shift and 3 rd squad work midnight shift with the 4 th squad off or on details. They then rotate shifts after a week so no one squad is always on midnight shift. This is the ideal situation, but it is not always feasible. Such things vary from AO to AO and mission to mission.

The first known desk operation in the Cavalry was during the Civil War (the 545 th MP Company was not around yet) and here below you'll see a mock-up of such a station manned by a Provost Sergeant. You'll note the high desk that became the trademark of the MP station world wide.

 


Photo Courtesy of Military Police Museum

 

Patrol Operations

This is probably the most popular duty of any Military Policeman world wide. Instead of being in a fox hole or escorting some convoy through enemy held territory while under fire or standing a lonely vigil at some remote gate house or Traffic Control Point or the unthankful task of processing POW's or EPW's as they are called these days, the MP can actually get cleaned up in his MP gear and in a uniform with actual creases in it without all the mud and dust of combat duty and perform the Law Enforcement functions he was trained so well to do at the MP School.

 

Confinement and Corrections

Confinement and Corrections operations are a very important function of the military police. It is a thankless task that can be very demanding and stressful and requires well trained and experienced MP's to perform.

 

Joint Police Operations

This is one of the many functions of the 5454 th MP Co. From the time of its activation, the 545 th has worked with, trained and observed law enforcement agencies (both civilian and military) from around the world. One of the best examples of that were the joint patrols and desk operation ran out of the Tay Ninh MP Station in Vietnam . The 545 th worked with the Vietnamese civilian and military police as well as other MP's from the 25 th MP Co and they all worked well together out of this station.

 

Military Police Security 

In addition to providing security for the key personnel of the Division (the CG, Deputy CG and their staff), the 545 th MP Co. has often been tasked to provide security for VIP's and visiting dignitaries to the Division.

 

Military Police 10 Series Radio Codes 

The following is a list of the Military Police 10 Series Radio Codes which are authorized on a world wide basis by Military Police Personnel. They begin at 10-1 and end at 10-50. There are an additional 150 10 series radio codes that are unauthorized but none the less are utilized by many Military Police Units throughout the military. If anyone has knowledge of, or better yet a copy of this unauthorized list, kindly forward it to Sam Reinert.

10-1 - MP urgently needs assistance, send back-up

10-2 - Ambulance urgently required

10-3 - Motor vehicle accident

10-4 - Wrecker requested

10-5 - Ambulance requested (non life threatening injury)

10-6 - Send Civilian Police

10 7 - Pick up prisoner

10-8 - Subject in custody

10-9 - Send Paddy Wagon (MP Prisoner Van)

10-10 - Escort/Transport

10-11 - In service

10-12 - Out of service

10-13 - Repeat last message

10-14 - Your location

10-15 - Proceed to

10-16 - Report by Landline

10-17 - Return to station/headquarters

10-18 - Assignments completed

10-19 - Contact or call

10-20 - Relay to

10-21 - Time Check

10-22 - Fire

10-23 - Disturbance

10-24 - Suspicious person

10-25 - Stolen/abandoned vehicle

10-26 - Serious accident

10-27 - Radio Check

10-28 - Loud and Clear

10-29 - Signal weak

10-30 - Request assistance (non emergency) {interpreter, dog catcher etc}

10-31 - Request investigator(s)

10-32 - Request MP Duty Officer

10-33 - Stand-by

10-34 - Cancel last message

10-35 - Chow/Meal (Many Stations utilize 10-99 for this)

10-36 - Are there any Messages/Transmissions for my patrol?

10-37 - Send Your Message

10-38 - Relief/change

10-39 - Check vehicles or building

10-40 - Send a back up patrol

10-41 - MP Down

10-42 - Suspicious large gathering of personnel

10-43 - Send EOD

10-44 - Require the following specified items (traffic cones, road barriers, bolt cutters etc)

10-45 - Stay Clear/Avoid the following area(s) {Give Reason}

10-46 - Bathroom Break (Many stations utilize 10-99 or 98 for this)

10-47 - Varies by Station

10-48 - Varies by Station

10-49 - Varies by Station

10-50 - Change Frequency

Regarding 10-1. If a patrol required assistance with a drunk or other such difficult apprehension it would just call in a 10-40 or a simple request for assistance would be called in as a 10-30. When a 10-1 is called in (which is almost never) IT IS SERIOUS! In my personal experiences in Baumholder and Graffenwohr, Germany as well as Phouc Vinh, Vietnam and Fort Dix, New Jersey; when the Desk Sergeant hears a 10-1, he immediately calls the company CQ who wakes up ALL members of the company to include clerks, mechanics, cooks and falls them all out with riot gear to include gas masks and I do mean E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E in the company is called up in formation with complete riot gear. While the CQ is doing this he assigns someone to call the First Sergeant and Company Commander as well all married personnel living off post. The Supply Sergeant or Armorer draws and has ready to go all the tear gas or CS they can get their hands on and everyone then forms up in front of the MP Station as the Motor Sergeant and his mechanics bring up all the trucks and vans they have available for MP and prisoner transport. While this is going on the Desk Sergeant dispatches all patrols including the post and range patrols and (if they have one) the dog catcher and school crossing MP's to back up the patrol in harms way. After he does this he calls all adjoining MP stations within radio distance and puts them on alert for backup. The Duty Officer or Company Commander then makes a determination as to whether the Formed Company should be sent to back up all the patrols already sent or to send them back to the barracks.

In other words – if you are on patrol and require back-up – it had better be pretty bad before you call in a 10-1!! Try a 10-40 first.

 

              

 

1st Cavalry Division

Provost Marshals

WW II through Iraq

A Pictorial History

By CPT Sam Reinert

As of April 22, 2010

Since the constitution of the 1at Cavalry Division at Fort Bliss, Texas on 13 September 1921, the 1st Cavalry has had some outstanding officers serve as Division Provost Marshal.  Many of them served in the 545th MP Company as Platoon Leaders, Executive Officers or Company Commanders prior to being assigned as Provost Marshal.  Almost all of them were on the Morning Report of the 545th before and/or during their tenure as Provost Marshal.  There has always been a close tie between the Office of the 1st Cavalry Division Provost Marshal and the 545th Military Police Company.  Not only did the 545th provide the manpower and support required to sustain and maintain the combat and law enforcement functions of the PMO but it provided a connection and a bond to the military policemen and women who executed those functions.  Should anyone viewing this photo roster have photos or dates of service for any Provost Marshal not included in this document, kindly contact CPT Sam Reinert at samreinert1@545thmpcoassn.org

 

 

The following is a pictorial history of the fine officers assigned to this post in chronological order:

 

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

 

MAJ William H. Nealing

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

New Guinea, Admiralty Islands

January 1944 – August 1944

 

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

 

MAJ Arthur L. Herman

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Leyte Island and Manila

August 1944 – October 1944

 

 

CPT Richard K. Carver

(Wounded in Action)

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Luzon

January 1945 – May 1945

 

 

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

 

MAJ Harold L. Rupkey

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Luzon and Manila

May 1945 – June 1946

 

 

LTC Norman A. Mott

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Manila

June 1945 – November 1945

Note:  It is uncertain exactly what time frame this officer served as PM, but it is known that he was tasked to escort high level Japanese POW’s to the Military Tribunals in Manila

 

 

MAJ Max W. Phelps

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Japan

1945 – 1949

 

MAJ Gregory Meagher

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Japan

1949

 

LTC James H. Ashcraft

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Japan

1949 – 1950

 

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

 

MAJ John Barall

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Japan

March 1951 – June 1953

 

 

LTC Eugene “Kit” Carson

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Japan

1953 – 1955

 

 

MAJ Francis A. MacDonald

(Now LTC Retired)

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Sendi, Japan

November 1955 – May 1956

 

 

LTC Kenneth K. Kolster

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Korea

1958

 

COL Homer “Ace” E Shields

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Korea

1959 – 1960

Would later become Assistant Commandant of the MP School

 

           

 

LTC George D. Ish

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Korea

July 1960 – August 1961

 

 

LTC Ernest F. Liebman

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Korea

August 1961 – October 1961

 

     

 

LTC John J. Flanagan

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Camp Custer, Korea

21 October – May 1962

 

    

     

LTC Henry H. Tufts

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Member of the MP Corps Hall of Fame

“Father of the CID”

June 1962 – October 1963

 

          

 

LTC Delos E. Keelean

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Korea

September 1963 – June 1964

 

          

 

LTC Leslie Harter Pearse

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Camp Custer, Korea

1964 – 1965

 

 

LTC Herbert “Dutch” Uhland

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division and

11th Air Assault

Fort Benning, Georgia and An Khe, Vietnam

February 1965 – 9 August 1966

 

 

 

LTC James S. Oliver

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

An Khe, Vietnam

January 1966 – December 1966

 

   

 

COL A. J. Harageones

(Deceased)

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Vietnam

July 1967 – July 1968

Would later be the last Brigade Commander of the 15th MP BDE

 

     

 

LTC Thomas M. Jones

(Now Retired COL Jones)

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Vietnam

July 1968 – May 1969

 

 

LTC John H. Pearson

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Phouc Vinh, Vietnam

May 1969 – May 1970

 

 

LTC John H. Rexford

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Phouc Vinh, Vietnam

May 1970 – December 1970

 

 

    

 

COL William T. Tinsley

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

November 1971 – March 1973

 

 

   

 

COL Dewitt H. Hudson

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

February 1974 – June 1976

 

 

LTC Thomas C. Hamilton

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

August 1977 – May 1980

 

 

 

LTC Gary Whitaker

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

May 1980 – July 1980

 

 

 

COL Peter D. Hoffman

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

July 1980 – 1 July 1982

 

 

 

LTC Henry P. Land Jr.

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

1 July 1982 – June 1984

 

NO PHOTO AVAILABLE

 

LTC Orval J. Golphenee

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

June 1984 – November 1986

 

 

 

LTC Michael K. Shanahan

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

14 November 1986 – 11 June 1989

 

 

LTC Charles W. “Wes” Cox III

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

11 June 1989 – 1 June 1990

 

 

          

COL Anthony T. Lupo

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Desert Storm, Iraq

1 June 1990 – 1 June 1992

 

 

COL David F. Treuting

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

1 June 1992 – May 1993

Served as USAMPS Assistant Comdt. and the last commander of Ft. McClellan, he was inducted in the MP Hall of Fame

 

 

 

LTC Mark L. Pankow

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

May 1993 – April 199

 

No Photo Available

 

MAJ  Emery A. Gallup Jr.

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

April 1994 – August 1994

 

No Photo Available

 

LTC Joel Oswald

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

1995 – 1996

 

 

 

LTC Plez A. Jenkins

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

April 1996 – July 1998

This photo taken when LTC Jenkins was a young Captain in Korea 1987 and is the only photo that is available at this time

 

No Photo Available

 

LTC Steve Cummings

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Bosnia and Fort Hood

July 1998 – May 2000

  

 

    

 

LTC Scott R. Torgerson

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas  

June 2000 – July 2003

 

 

    

COL Robert Byrd

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq

5 July 2003 – 15 July 2005

 

 

 

LTC Thomas M. Bischof

Provost Marshal

1st Cavalry Division

Fort Hood, Texas

July 2005 – June 2008

And the last 1st Cav PM to be assigned on the 545th Morning Report

 

Prepared by:  CPT Sam Reinert

Samreinert1@545thmpcoassn.org

 Note:  Dates of service for each Provost Marshal may be slightly inaccurate.  All photos provided by the officers themselves or 545th MP’s who served directly with them during their tour of duty as 1st Cav Div Provost Marshal.

 

2nd Bde                   

545th MP Company
1st Cavalry Division
Post Camp and Station
And Town Patrol Operations
A Pictorial History

As of April 22, 2010

Throughout the history of the 545th MP Company the military policemen and women have performed all of the normal and expected Division MP Duties that would be undertaken by a Division MP unit - POW (EPW) operations, Convoy Escort and MSR Security, Gate Duty, VIP Security, Traffic Control, Misplaced Persons and Straggler Control and Area Security.  They have even filled in as Infantrymen, Engineers and Artillerymen on occasion.  But their favorite duty of all has been those times when they were on Post Camp and Station and Town Patrol Duty.  The following is a pictorial history of these duties:

Fort Bliss, Texas

Downtown El Paso, Texas circa 1912 was the closest town to Ft Bliss and the Provost Sergeants and later the Cav MP’s maintained foot patrols there on week ends.

 

Another great shot of Downtown El Paso circa 1911 Note that horses were still more numerous than automobiles at this time and it was not uncommon for Horse mounted Patrols from Ft Bliss to ride through town and stop for a beer and a sandwich.  If you had too many beers – not to worry, the horse knew the way home.  Both photos of El Paso courtesy of Texas A&M.

 

H Troop, 8th Cavalry on San Francisco Street, El Paso, Texas circa 1916 photo courtesy of Texas A&M.

 

Downtown Waco, Texas where the MP Platoon had foot patrols on Payday night prior to WW II.  This was a favorite spot for Cav Troopers to take their week end passes.  Although it was further away from Ft Bliss than El Paso, the liquor was less expensive and the bars and night life were wilder and there was free bus service from Ft Bliss.  Note the Bus Station on the right hand side of the street.

 

Downtown Banning, Texas which was another hot spot for GI's on pass from Fort Bliss and the MP Platoon did not normally maintain a foot patrol here but on occasion had to go there and pick up drunks and return them to Ft Bliss.

 

The Shady Nook at Lampasas, Texas where young ladies of questionable moral character would entertain the GI's from FT Bliss for $2.00 an hour.  The Provost Marshal and County Sheriff closed this establishment down more than once.  You could also purchase Moonshine in Mason Jars from the gas station attendant and that was another reason the establishment was closed.  There is an unconfirmed story that a Cav trooper purchased several mason jars of Moonshine which he took back to Ft Bliss with him where he proceeded to get ossified drunk with his horse in the stables and they both became temporarily blind.  Both the Division Surgeon and the Veterinarian requested of the PM that the Shady Nook be closed for this reason.  This story was carried down to an old WW II and Japan MP Platoon veteran who relayed the story to the writer of this document.  How true it is no one knows for sure, but it's a good story of the type told around the barracks on rainy Saturday afternoons. 

Australia

There are no known photos of MP's on patrol in Australia, but the MP Platoon did maintain both foot and motorized patrols in Brisbane while the Division was training there. The Cav Troopers were unusually well behaved while stationed in Australia and the Daily MP Blotter never ran more than four or five pages.

 

Pacific Theatre

Unidentified MP Platoon member on foot patrol in a village just outside Manila, and this was taken just after cessation of hostilities and just prior to the Divisions move to Japan.  During most of the MP Platoons tour of duty in the Pacific Islands they were occupied with combat operations and the handling of large numbers of POW's.  There was only a brief period of time when they assumed Post Camp and Station and Town Patrol Duties on the islands before setting up shop in Japan.

 

Japan

1st Cav MP Platoon members on duty at the main police station in Tokyo, Japan 1945.

 

MP Platoon Security Detail giving a rabbit to a Japanese boy in Tokyo about 1948.

 

General Macarthur's Headquarters in the Dai-Ichi Building where MP Platoon members were occasionally requested for security patrol and foot patrols were common around this building to augment Macarthur's regular MP Security Detachment.  Genl' Macarthur liked the 545th and requested them often.

 

Horse mounted traffic patrols and crowd control were also conducted by members of the MP Platoon.  They discovered a stable where horses for the Japanese General Staff had been kept and being Cavalry Troopers they naturally wanted to use them for patrol circa 1945 - 1946.

 

MP Platoon MP's in Imperial Square, Tokyo, Japan directing traffic with the Japanese Police 1945.

 

Cav MP's on foot patrol at the main train station in Tokyo, Japan circa 1945.

 

Cav MP Platoon member on foot patrol and bridge security in Tokyo, Japan 1945.

 

Cav MP's rendering assistance to a dependant wife in Tokyo 1945 - 46 Note the famous yellow Cav MP jeep on the left.

 

545th MP on foot patrol in Tokyo, 1957.

 

545th MP issuing a DR at Hardy Barracks, Japan 1955 - 1957.

 

545th MP and a Japanese civilian policeman at the Police sub-station at hardy Barracks Japan 1956.

 

Joint foot patrol with Japanese police checking passes at Hardy Barracks, Japan 1955.

 

545th Foot Patrol at Hardy Barracks, 1955 - 1957.

 

545th Motorized Patrol directing traffic at Hardy Barracks, Japan 1955 - 1957.

 

Korea

A raid on the Red Light District in Taegu, Korea by the 545th MP Co in 1950 nets this Cav Trooper in an Off Limits House with no pass.

 

Lieutenants Haskell and Thayer of the 545th MP Company take photos of a lady of the night in an Off Limits Red Light District House in a raid in Taegu, Korea 1950 (MAJ Haskell is retired and a member of our association).

 

The Pimp and Madam of the House shown above.

 

Unidentified 545th MP on foot patrol in Korea circa 1963.

 

Unidentified 545th MP SGT on foot patrol in Korea checking his list of AWOL's with Papa San.

 

545th MP's PFC Post and PVT Lautrebach check passes in Korea circa 1963 - 1964.

 

545th MP PFC Larry Breukelman (center) {a member of our Association and now a retired SGM} and a fellow 545th MP on the left with a Korean MP on the right on joint foot patrol in Korea circa 1963 - 1964

Note:  Do any of you old timers remember tapping your night stick on a lamp pole or a building or a sidewalk to summon back up?  The MP's night stick had a distinct sound that was recognizable by other MP's for quite a distance - especially at night.  Sometimes that tapping sound carried further than the whistle. With no radio and the nearest help another walking patrol ten blocks away, the night stick and whistle was sometimes the only means of communication an MP had. Those were the days....

 

Two unidentified 545th MP's prove once again that a drunk with a knife is no match for two MP's with an M1911A1 and a night stick in Korea circa 1963.

 

545th Motorized Patrol in Pa-Ju-Ri on MSR 1 in Korea 1963 These motorized patrols checked trip tickets on military vehicles and local bars for AWOLS and gave directions to lost truck drivers.

 

545th motorized patrol makes spot check of trip ticket and issued a DR for speeding on the MSR in Pong-Il-Chon, Korea circa 1963.

 

545th MP Co foot patrol in Korea circa 1963.

 

"OK - let's see that pass there stud" On foot patrol in the Ville, Korea circa 1964.

 

545th Motorized Patrol in a village main intersection in Korea requesting Commo check circa 1963.

 

SFC Mann, 545th MP Co conducting a Security Survey at Camp Custer Korea which was one of the many functions of a Post Camp and Station MP Co circa 1963.

 

Vietnam

DR's go better with Coke 545th MP foot patrol in Phouc Vinh village, Vietnam 1969 No headgear, no pass, shirt unbuttoned, no ammo or flack vest - good for one DR.

 

Vietnamese Regional Policeman, 545th Interpreter and 545th MP on joint foot patrol in Phouc Vinh village at the market circa 1969.

 

This young GI is in serious trouble.  Stopped by a 545th MP Co motorized patrol, it was discovered that the truck was stolen, the trooper operating it had no trip ticket, no ID, no pass, no shirt, headgear, flack vest, weapon or ammo (as was required by division reg's) and he had in the truck 4 sand bags full of Cambodian Gold and Thai Stick, two cases of Jack Daniels with no receipt or proof of ownership, a case of Morphine syringes, and about 100 cartons of assorted American cigarettes also with no proof of ownership or receipt of purchase.  That DR must have taken a while to write up!  OH the paperwork!!!

 

Our Fellow Law Enforcement Officers that we worked with frequently - from left to right:  A Vietnamese National Policeman, a Vietnamese Military policeman and an Australian Military Policeman.

 

This little vehicle caused more accidents and injuries than any other item in Vietnam.  There was a two week period of time in 1969 when there were more injuries caused by this vehicle than by combat wounds or any other means.  The 545th MP's were ordered to crack down hard on the operators of these "Army Mules" especially the ones who had consumed too much beer before operating the vehicle!  They would flip over very easily.

 

2nd Plt, 545th MP Co motorized Road Patrol in Vietnam circa 1967.

 

545th MP Sp/4 Trammel with Vietnamese MP on Road Patrol near Song Be, RVN 1969.

 

545th MP Sgt Lyons (who later became a New York State Trooper) on the left and an unidentified 545th MP on the right walk village patrol in Phouc Vinh, RVN circa 1969 Note the Black Market GI issue gloves and C Rations on the bottom left of the photo.

 

545th MP Co motorized Patrol outside LZ Buttons, RVN circa 1967.

 

SSG Mills, 545th MP Co Patrol Supervisor on patrol in Phouc Vinh, RVN circa 1969.

 

545th MP SGT Peppers (hand on antenna) and his crew prepare for road patrol in Phouc Vinh, RVN circa 1969 (SGT Peppers is a member of our assn).

 

545th MP's Mike Hall (behind the wheel) and Sgt Richards on motorized town patrol in Phouc Vinh, RVN circa 1969 (Mike is a member of our association).

 

One of the Bars and houses of ill repute that was approved for use by the 1st Cav Troopers where the only trouble with that was that the booze was not usually watered down and therefore the GI's tended to get meaner and drunker much more quickly than at the unauthorized bars.  The Boy San in the door way was the runner (he ran for the MP's whenever there was a fight), Phouc Vinh, RVN 1969.

 

Sorry Bud - your pass is OK but this place is Off Limits A 545th MP on patrol in Tay Ninh, RVN 1969.

 

The Animal Control Patrol out the back gate by the Division Dump at Phouc Vinh RVN circa 1969 Yes - even in a combat zone we had an Animal Control Patrol.

 

545 MP's pulled this very intoxicated medic over and he informed them that the armored gun truck was in fact his personal vehicle even though it had been reported missing from the Base Defense Bn. And he had no Trip Ticket for it circa 1970.

 

545th MP Patrol pulls a Medic jeep loaded with Vietnamese kids and a Mama San over only to discover that there are two 50 lb sacks of potatoes on a stretcher and covered with a blanket in the back.  While the MP is questioning the Medic and his Mama San about the origin of the potatoes, all the boy sans ran off with the potatoes (they were quick like that).  That was the most humorous DR ever written at Phouc Vinh MP Station, complete with witness statements and translations by the interpreter.  The Desk Sergeant could not keep from laughing while making the Blotter entry.  The PM had a copy of the DR posted on the Bulletin board as an example of how not to conduct a stolen potato investigation.  You had to have been there.

 

Just ask 545th MP Sp/4 Abernathy on Post Patrol how short he is and this is the response you will get in Phouc Vinh RVN 1969 At the time this photo was taken he had about 5 days to left in country.

 

50 cal or no 50 cal MG, you're getting a DR!  You cannot operate a tracked vehicle full of Vietnamese girls under the influence of alcohol without a trip ticket and doing 45 MPH in a 20 MPH speed zone!!!  And - where is your helmet! And yes - your CO is going to get a copy of this DR and tell those girls to quiet down a bit I can't hear myself think!

 

No - you cannot operate a US Government vehicle without any clothes on no matter how hot it is!!

 

OK Mama San - what's all this green vegetable like stuff in the bag on your moped? And why are you flagging down all the GI's and asking them if they want to buy a good time?? Joint patrol with the National Police, 545th MP's and interpreter.

 

Desert Storm

The 545th MP Company conducted no Post Camp and Station duties during Desert Storm.

 

Afghanistan

The 545th MP Company conducted no Post Camp and Station duties during Afghanistan.

 

Iraq War

545th MP Schneider on the MG - town patrol Baghdad circa 2004.

 

1st Plt, 545th MP Co dealing with traffic in Baghdad 2004.

 

545th Motorized Patrol in Baghdad circa 2004.

 

545th MP's on town patrol in a back alley way in Baghdad, Iraq circa 2004.

 

545th MP and Iraqi Police on joint foot patrol in Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Joint 545th MP and Iraqi Police Patrols in Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Senior 545th MP's and Senior Iraqi Policemen plan patrol strategy in Baghdad.

 

Joint 545th MP and Iraqi foot patrol in Baghdad, Iraq.

 

545th MP SSG Ashcraft directing traffic in downtown Baghdad, Iraq 2004.

 

CPT Townsend and Lt Koltz of the 545th MP Co with LTC Ali of the Iraqi Police to talk about foot patrols that day in Baghdad, Iraq.

 

Fort Hood, Texas

545th MP on School Crossing Duty at Ft Hood circa 1983.

 

545th Post Patrol at Ft Hood circa 1984.

 

545th MP PVT Palmer on foot patrol at Ft Hood circa 1980.

 

545th MP Sp/4 McKean on patrol at Ft Hood circa 1986.

 

545th MP's on foot patrol and traffic control at Ft Hood 1986.

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Sam Reinert
CPT MP USAR (Ret)
Founder
545th Military Police Company Association
626 1/2 South 9th Street
Richmond, Indiana 47374 USA
(765) 962 4627 phone & FAX
http://545thmpassn.com/