MILITARY POLICE (MP) SHORE PATROL (SP) AND AIR POLICE (AP) IN WAR AND PEACE
29th Military Police Platoon
After Action Report
29th Infantry Division – June 1944 – Battle of Normandy
I. Summary of operations
1. At 0740 hours (H plus 70), 6 June 1944, two officers and thirty-four enlisted men, and advance traffic section of the 29th Infantry Division Military Police Platoon, attached to the 116th Regimental Combat Team, debarked from LCI # 94 and came ashore on the Normandy Beachhead in France. Six men of this section landed at 2200 hours and joined the following day.
This unit, according to plan, was to land at Omaha Beach (665906), but due to poor visibility debarked approximately two miles east of this point, and in the 1st Infantry Division area in rear of troops of the 16th Regimental Combat Team.
The advance traffic section mission on landing was to control the traffic on the beach, beach exits, and the roads leading to the vehicle transit areas in the zone of the 29th Infantry Division.
On landing, the assaulting troops were met by continuous heavy artillery, mortar, and small arms fire, and the military police fought with the infantry in their advance from the beach to their objectives until following morning.
On the morning of 7 June 1944, in attempting to contact Military Police Platoon Headquarters, the advance traffic section joined the 2nd Battalion of 116th Infantry in its advance toward Vierville-sur-Mer, as it was known that the headquarters was in this vicinity. The military police assisted the infantry in evacuating the wounded and guarding of captured prisoners in this advance.
The Headquarters of the Military Police Platoon debarked from LCI #414 and came ashore on Omaha Beach at 1600 hours, 6 June 1944. The command post was established with Division Headquarters at a stone quarry just off the beach, four hundred yards south of Vierville-sur-Mer (643900).
At approximately 1700 hours, 7 June 1944, the advance traffic section reached Vierville-sur-Mer and contacted Platoon Headquarters. Traffic posts were immediately established and a Division Prisoner of War Collecting Point was put in operation.
2. Remaining elements of Military Police Platoon build-up forces joined the Platoon. One officer and twenty-seven enlisted men reported on 8 June 1944 (D plus 2), and one officer and forty enlisted men joined on 10 June 1944 (D plus 4).
The Military Police Platoon supported the 29th Infantry Division with traffic control, straggler lines, and prisoner of war collecting points. Traffic control posts were maintained along main supply routes running from Vierville-sur-Mer (646912) to Grandcamp (548941), from Longueville (605876) to Isigny (500855), from Isigny to Bricqueville (603815), from road junction at (534829) to Villiers Fossard (535678), and from Bricqueville to Couvains (562683), during this period.
Command post were established at following locations : near Vierville-sur-Mer (643900) from 6 June 1944 to 8 June 1944, near Longueville (585883) on 9 June 1944, near Castilly (550803) on 10 June 1944, near Fosse aux Loups (558777) from 11 June 1944 to 13 June 1944, near Govin (564757) from 14 June 1944 to 16 June 1944, near St. Clair (530702) from 17 June 1944 to 30 June 1944.
Vital towns taken by Division during this period were Grandcamp, Isigny, Sainte Marguerite d’Elle, St. Clair, Couvains, and Villers Fossard.
THE ROLL OF THE MILITAR POLICE DIFFERS IN PEACE TIME COMPAIRED TO THE WAR TIME ROLL.
The peace time role of the Military Police is to safe guard the property of the Camp or Fort from loss of property and guard duty at stockade. To keep peace and order of prisoners.
The war time role is to escort convoys from the rear to the battle front. At times that means they will come under fire from the enemy and have to fight like the infantry men do. Make sure the convoy gets to their destination. In area that have already been secured and the command center is set up they make sure that soldiers don’t go into off limits areas and don’t get mixed up in the Black Market. They patrol the area and stop anything that doesn’t seem right.
Photo G0796: Members of B Company, 720th MP Battalion, Ambush Squad-76 train in the Ben Go River in the use of the seven man raft for ambush and recon missions on the back rivers of the Battalion Tactical Area Of Responsibility during counterinsurgency missions under Operation STABILIZE in Bien Hoa Province, III Corps Tactical Zone in South Vietnam in late 1968. Left to right: CPL Thomas T. Watson, 2LT Robert L. Chavis, SGT Xichs (Popular Forces Interpreter), unidentified, PFC Hush, unidentified, unidentified. Courtesy of CPL Thomas T. Watson, B Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, March 1968 to March 1969.
The new Military Police Station in Bien Hoa City, Vietnam after the Tet New Years Communist Offensive in 1968. Courtesy of SSG (MSG Ret.) Donald H. Pruitt, 188th MP Company, 92nd MP Battalion & 179th MP Detachment, 95th MP Battalion, July 1967 to June 1968.
Combined Military Police Patrols at Vung Tau, Phuoc Tuy Province, III Corps Tactical Zone, Vietnam summer of 1972. Left- A Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, Center- Australian Forces Vietnam (Provost), Right- Vietnamese Army Military Police (Quan Canh). Photograph taken in front of the Vung Tau Air Base Main Gate. For an enlarged view of the separate MP patrols, click on the unit names> A Company - Australian MPs - Vietnamese MPs. Courtesy of SP/4 John M. Hyde, A Company, 720th MP Battalion, & 615th MP Company, 95th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, December 1971 to August 1972.
Enemy POWs under guard at their compound in Vietnam awaiting transport by members of an A Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade POW Escort Team in 1969. Courtesy of SSG Ronald J. Poplos, A Company, 720th MP Battalion,89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, Deccember 1968 to July 1970.
Armored Commando Car C58, of C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, Vietnam 1972. Courtesy of SP/4 Randy Battles, 615th MP Company, 95th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, Long Binh, Vietnam, 1971-1972.
SP/4 Edward J. Rosenblatt, a member of B Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade Civic Action Patrol poses with several village children in the An Hoa Hung market square in the Battalion Tactical Area Of Responsibility in Bien Hoa Province of Military Region III, Vietnam in August or September 1969. Courtesy of SP/4 Edward Rosenblatt, B Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, December 1968-December 1969.
C Company, 720th MP Battalion M113 Armored Personnel Carrier C101 "Easy Rider," returning to Long Binh Post from Phuoc Vinh, Binh Duong Province, Military Region III, South Vietnam after a convoy escort in 1970. The sign says "DO NOT ENTER." Courtesy of SGT Ralph C. Saunders, C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, 1969-1970.
Combined Patrol jeep used by B Company, 720th MP Battalion, Can Tho Detachment, in the spring of 1971. The bumper markings identify it as 22nd Provost Marshal Detachment, PM authority in IV Corps, Vietnam. Courtesy of SP/4 Richard J. Bosmans, B & C Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, April 1971 to January 1972
SGT York of the 458th US Army Transportation Company and formerly from Hawaii, surfing behind a PBR assigned to B Company, 720th MP Battalion on the Dong Nai River, Vietnam in July 1970. The surf board was made by SP/5 Bogison of B Company, 720th MP Battalion from the styrofoam of an 8 inch artillery shell package. Courtesy of SP/5 Robert C. Bogison, B Company, 720th MP Battalion and 188th MP Company, 504th MP Battalion, July 1969 to September 1970.
SP/4 Harold Pritchard (driver) and Richard Hicks members of the B Company, 720th MP Battalion River Patrol Unit in their Boston Whaler Skimmer on the Dong Nai River, Vietnam in 1968. Courtesy of SGT Richard D. Hicks, B Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, September 1967 to July 1968.
B Company Outpost #1 outside An Xuan Village, Vietnam in the 720th MP Battalion Tactical Area of Responsibility, Bien Hoa Provence, III Corps Tactical Zone, in April 1968. Courtesy of CPL Thomas T. Watson, B Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP brigade, March 1968 to March 1969
Members of B Company, 720th MP Battalion, Ambush Squad-76 train in the Ben Go River in the use of the seven man raft for ambush and recon missions on the back rivers of the Battalion Tactical Area Of Responsibility during counterinsurgency missions under Operation STABILIZE in Bien Hoa Province, III Corps Tactical Zone in South Vietnam in late 1968. Left to right: CPL Thomas T. Watson, 2LT Robert L. Chavis, SGT Xichs (Popular Forces Interpreter), unidentified, PFC Hush, unidentified, unidentified. Courtesy of CPL Thomas T. Watson, B Company, 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade, March 1968 to March 1969.
ARMY MILITARY POLICE (MP'S) PHOTOS 1962-1972
PFC Eugene Garmon, 720th MPs test fires the M-60 machine gun while George Gillespie feeds him. Brose is standing next to him. In the background are Gary Sundt and Jim Bryant.
Gary Sundt, t-shirt, and 720th MPs Brose (South Dakota), Robertson (Virginia), Bryant (Georgia) and Hayes (Colorado) take a break from unloading supply trucks.
Bringing up the rear of a convoy, 720th MP BN.
David Polasha the entrance to our bunker Phuoc Vinh Nov 1968
AIR FORCE SECURITY POLICE FORMERLY AIR POLICE (AP)
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Commanding Officer, Military Police Company C, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion Major Lee Zawacki
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