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Old 03-15-2012, 05:02 PM
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The following link is to a slide show of MP in Vietnam. There are seven parts in all. At 2 min in of this one is a great photo of an MP with a Thompson.
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Old 03-15-2012, 05:30 PM
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Nice slide show.

45 years ago, time flies doesn't it
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I was assigned to HHQ, 18th MP Brigade in Long Binh in 1969 and 70. It was a great year.
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Great link!
Pics brought back a lot of memories, and the music was very cool. Also saw an old M-3 Grease Gun, and Gen. Westmoreland with his arm in a cast and his protection detail carrying M-14's.
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MPs often accompanied the grunts as POW handlers, saw their share of action but were not eligible for the CIB. The MPs in Saigon during Tet earned their pay.
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When I joined in '66 I thought I was going airborne infantry. But Airborne Unassigned doesn't mean infantry.

Out of basic I was sent to MP School at Ft Gordon. Out of Jump School I volenteered for Vietnam and was sent to the 82nd MP Company. After three request I was sent to the 101st MP Company, 1st Bde, 101st Abn Div.

After a while I got my request for the "Recondo's", the Recon Plt for the 2/502 inf.

I enjoyed my time with the 101st MPs and if I had it to do all over again I'd stayed there.

We did mostly road clearing and convoy escourts but we did have a little POW camp.

Later I'll dig up and scan some photos of the 101st MP Company in Vietnam.
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At 4:07, is the MP seated in the Jeep holding a 12 gauge pump?
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Whenever I see a presentation such as this I am always saddened for those that served so honorably, have not yet received the welcome they deserved.

At least we seemed to have learned our lesson, but at such a terrible price.

May those that served find peace and know this peace officer is grateful for what you did.
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This is what I did in Viet Nam. Many of those shots-better than half of them, could have been my little detachment. We had a gun jeep similar to some of the ones pictured-not those with the metal side guards-never saw those before; too hard to get out of the jeep (in a hurry) with those blocking you. We pulled security on an antenae farm in the northern Delta. My job was roving patrol, and we went out a night into the area surrounding this signal sight. Yes, that was a shot gun, we had a sawed off stevens that was carried by a guy in a holster similar to the rig McQueen had in "Wanted..." Because of the close quarters in the jeep, we had other "short barreld" weapons as well; even an M-14 that was cut down to practically nothing, and had a selector switch!! We used to say that, if there was no other way, you could ride it to town! I had a Sweedish K that was loaned to me for a while, and I really liked it, but the guy took it with him to LZ English when he was sent there; l iked the guy, but missed the gun more than him! Those V-100 light armored vehicles with the big tractor tires were good in the delta, and we worked with a bunch that manned a check point at the junction of Korean hwy and Hwy 4, not a job I would have wanted. The shots went by pretty quick, but I thought I saw 199th or 192nd markings on one V-100. 192 had some people billeted in our little rathole compound (rats-big ones). Great to see a tribute to those who found themselves in an MP mos in 'Nam; kind of a lonely job, no body really liked you, so you had to improvise with whatever you had, or didn't. Flapjack.
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In 1967, three years before I was in Vietnam, my older brother was an MP in Korea up near the DMZ. Boy, we were young then . . .

He liked his helmet . . .



But he loved his winter pile cap, it was sooooo . . . Korea.

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