US Army MP's in Vietnam

1962-75



This page is dedicated to all US Military Police
killed or wounded during Vietnam war.

May they never be forgotten.



HISTORY of U.S. ARMY MILITARY POLICE in VIETNAM

South Vietnamese Flag 1962

September 14, 1962 - The 560th MP Company, from Fort Hood, TX, arrives in Vietnam. It is the first military police unit to arrive in Vietnam, and is assigned duties at Vung Tau.



Where is Vietnam??
1965

March 8 - After six weeks of travel from Japan, at 9:03 a.m. (local time), and under overcast skies and drizzly rain, the four ships of Task Force 76 (USS Mount McKinley, Henrico, Union and Vancouver) arrive at Da Nang, Vietnam. These are the first US combat troops to deploy to Vietnam. The two battalion landing teams (3rd Battalion - 9th Marine Regiment and 1st Battalion - 3rd Marine Regiment) from the 3rd Marine Division will join the already in-place 23,000 US forces personnel. The 3,500 arriving US Marines are greeted by sightseers, prostitutes and four US Army soldiers.

March 24 - The 716th MP Battalion arrives in Vietnam.

June 17 - The 89th MP Group, is activated.

July - Elements of the 1st MP Company arrive in Vietnam, as part of the American build-up.

July 28 - The 545th MP Company arrives in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division.October 1965 - The remainder of the 1st MP Company arrives in Vietnam.

December 4 - SPC William S. Seippel, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from C Company, 716th MP Bn, engages in a gun battle with VC terrorists at the Metropole Hotel in Saigon. After being wounded, and out of ammunition for his shotgun and pistol, he takes cover in the hotel lobby. The VC then explode a bomb which killed eight people and wounded an other 137.



Vietnam Corps Tactical Zones















Member of 18th MP Brigade
1966

April 1 - SPC Michael T. Mulvaney, 23, of the Philippines, and PFC Patrick J. Brems, 19, of Mahwah, New Jersey, from Company C, 716th MP Bn are killed in Saigon, when the VC bomb the Victoria BOQ.

June 14 - The 18th MP Brigade and 16th MP Group are formally activated at Fort Meade, Maryland.

September 26 - The 25th Anniversary of the Military Police Corps. Also on this date the 18th MP Brigade becomes operational in Vietnam.

Initially, this brigade was to assume command and control of all nondivisional military police units in Vietnam. Until then, those units were under the control of commanders in their respective areas, primarily performing security missions in addition to maintaining law and order. The Vietnam Command desired more active involvement by the military police in direct support of combat operations. While at first the 18th MP Brigade performed many unusual and unfamiliar tasks, as time progressed these unfamiliar tasks became commonplace MP missions. Military police performed the usual law and order, physical security, traffic control and confinement missions. In combat operations, they could be found in their camouflaged fatigues patrolling the jungles and villages near Long Binh and in other areas throughout Vietnam.

At the height of the war the brigade consisted over 6000 military policemen assigned to three MP groups: Under the brigade are the:November - The first large-scale, combat support operations of 18 MP Brigade were "Operation Deckhouse IV" and "Operation Attleboro," held. During these operations, MP provided convoy security and traffic control. In "Operation Cedar Falls," the 18th Military Police Brigade supported the 173rd Airborne Brigade. This operation was a full-scale strike on an area known as the Iron Triangle, a heavily jungled region near Cu Chi. Living and working in the field, the 720th Military Police Battalion began earning the brigade's reputation as "the only combat tested MP brigade." One platoon of men spent twenty days in the field with the infantry.



Vietnam Corps Tactical Zones
1967

February - The brigade was involved in "Operation Junction City" with the 1st and 25th Infantry Divisions and "Operation Thayer II" with the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile). In the latter operation, elements of C Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, joined the 1st Cavalry Division. In addition to detainee escort and route security, the MP also performed as "tunnel rats," locating and destroying many enemy tunnels, as well as aiding in the capture of many suspected enemy soldiers.

April - The brigade supported "Task Force Oregon" (later reinforced and redesignated the 23d Infantry or "Americal Division") in southern Quang Ngai Province. In addition to many other missions, the brigade supplied security and route reconnaissance as well as convoy escorts.

Summer - The brigade continued to provide support for large-scale combat operations such as "Billings," "Paddington," and "Euporia." Throughout the period the military police constantly contended with ambushes, mines, and snipers in the most vital and dangerous type of mission.

July - V-100 Commando armored cars became a welcome addition to the 720th and 504th Military Police Battalions. Prior to their arrival, the 18th Military Police Brigade depended on gun-jeeps. The V-100 was tested and evaluated by the military police in Vietnam, resulting in an authorization for the procurement of seventy-two. They provided a big morale boost for the MP and were a great augmentation for the gun-jeeps. Due to added military police commitments and the fact that the battalion's V-100s were positioned in Saigon to assist the 716th MP Battalion, the 720th MP Battalion acquired twelve armored personnel carriers armed with .50-caliber machine guns. The importance of putting the carriers into action as soon as possible did not leave time for the MP to receive formal instruction on the operation of this vehicle. The MP instead took the initiative and learned on their own.

September 11 - A a cordon and search operation, "Operation Corral," occurred. It was designed to locate and destroy any enemy close-in strike capability directed against the Long Binh Post complex. The operation began at precisely 1800 hours on 11 September 1967, as the thundering sound of helicopters, tanks, and armored personnel carriers brought the 9th Infantry Division's MP contingent into the staging area. Within the next five minutes over 250 men from the 720th Military Police Battalion converged on the area, equipped with gun jeeps, V-100 Commando cars, searchlights, loudspeakers, and barbed wire barricades. As the infantry sealed and secured the area and supporting helicopter gunships prowled the sky, the men of the 720th combed through huts, muddy undergrowth and rice paddies. Their objective was to flush out Viet Cong, VC sympathizers, enemy supplies, and contraband. When the failing rays of sunset turned day into night, huge artillery flares and searchlights enabled the 720th to continue its aggressive and intensive search around the clock.

September - Following this action, the brigade was assigned the responsibility for the security of a twenty-two square mile area south of Long Binh, thus becoming the first military police unit in history to man a tactical area of responsibility in a combat zone. This area contained hundreds of small streams and rivers where the military police set up night ambushes to stop the Viet Cong who were using these waterways as infiltration routes. Other military police activities included sweeps, reconnaissance patrols, and cordon as well as search operations. Becoming more involved in infantry activities, military police exchanged their shiny helmets and brassards for bush hats and flak vests. They continued to conduct small unit operations in South Vietnam until 31 January 1968 when the "TET Offensive" began.



Vietnam Corps Tactical Zones
1968

January 30 - At Ban Me Thout, just after midnight, MP SPC Ron McCollar, begins clearing American soldiers from the village's five bars, due to his belief in an impending VC attack. At 1:35 a.m. 2,000 enemy troops from the 33rd NVA Regiment and the 301st VC Local Force Battalion, supported by rocket and mortars, do attack the city and the military installations in the area. January 31 - The start of the "TET 68 Offensive." At Long Binh, one military policeman from the 95th MP Battalion and another military policeman from the 212th MP Company are killed during attacks against the Long Binh Ammunition Supply Depot. At Dalat, two military police are wounded when Viet Cong attack and destroy the MP billets with mortar and rocket fire.At Vinh Long one military policeman from the 148th MP Platoon is wounded in an attack on the MP Billets. At Kontum, and Pleiku, military police of B Company, 504th MP Battalion begin their battle against Viet Cong snipers that doesn't end until approximately February 7th. At Nha Trang the Viet Cong attack the 272nd MP Company. The attack is repulsed and the area held. Military police of the 720th MP Battalion assist combat forces in repulsing attacks at Bien Hoa, Thu Duo, Can Tho City and Soc Trang.

February 2 - At Ban Me Thout three military policemen of the 981st MP Company are wounded in an explosion.

February 3 - At Qui Nhon one military policeman from the 127th MP Company is killed during street fighting with Viet Cong. During the night Viet Cong attack the Newport Bridge, between Bien Hoa and Saigon. The 273rd VC Regiment succeeds in capturing the eastern end of the bridge, but MP's from the 716th MP Battalion and members of the ARVN 5th Cavalry Squadron retake the bridge in heavy fighting.

February 6 - The "TET Offensive" in the Saigon area is declared over, but fighting will continue within the city for several more weeks. In this one week period the total losses for the 716th MP Battalion are 27 killed and 45 wounded.

May 5-9 - In Vietnam the Spring, or second "Tet," Offensive begins. Attacks are launched against 122 military installations, airfields and towns, including Saigon.

May 28 - SSG John H. Wilkens, 26, of New York City, New York, SPC Dennis R. Mason, 20, of Argyle, Wisconsin, and PFC Roy W. Neal, 21, of Blountville, Tennessee, all from A Co, 720th MP Bn, are killed in action when their gun jeep is struck by a RPG, while on routine patrol, approximately one half-mile north of the Newport Bridge.

June 23 - At midnight the Vietnam war becomes the longest war in US history (six years, six months, and one day). The date starts on December 22, 1961, with the death of SPC Livingston. The previous longest war was the Revolutionary War, which lasted six years and six months.



Vietnam Corps Tactical Zones
1969

April 30 - US troop strength in Vietnam peaks at 543,400

June 30 - SGT Eugene T. Cox, 21, of Jackson Heights, New York and PFC James H. Workman, 20, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, two military policemen of C Company, 716th MP Battalion, respond to a report of a drunken soldier in a bar in Saigon. They are shot dead by LTC Nguyen Viet Can, commander of the ARVN Airborne Battalion that guards the Vietnamese Presidential Palace. No charges are filed against the ARVN officer.

October - A military policeman from the 716th MP Bn has a hand chopped off by a machete wielding major of the ARVN Rangers, during a barfight in Saigon.

During this year the US military prisoner population peaks when 10,450 military prisoners are confined in Vietnam, most at the United States Army Installation Stockade at Long Binh, known as the Long Binh Jail (LBJ). By the end of the year there were 117 "combat refusals" and 239 incidents of "fragging" reported in Vietnam. Total US troops killed now is 40,024.

"Fragging" and "Combat Refusals" in Vietnam


  1970

By the end of the year there were 131 "combat refusals" and 383 incidents of "fragging" reported in Vietnam.

  1971

September - Military police conduct a siege at Cam Ranh Bay against 14 soldiers of the 35th Engineer Group who refuse to come out of their bunkers.

October 9 - First Cavalry troopers again commit a "combat refusal" when asked to form a patrol.

October - Military police are flown into a military base near Da Lat, after two fragging attempts had been made on the commanding officer's life. Discipline is restored after the MP's have been on scene for a week. By the end of the year there were 333 incidents of "fragging" reported in Vietnam.

  1972

April - Members of the 196th Infantry Brigade (Separate) refuse to go out in support of ARVN operations.

June 29 - The last combat brigade, the 196th Infantry Brigade (Separate), withdraws from Vietnam.

July 18 - Actress Jane Fonda broadcasts an anti-war message over Hanoi Radio to American troops.

August 23 - The last combat battalion, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment, withdraws from Vietnam. By the end of the year there were 58 incidents of "fragging" reported in Vietnam.



Vietnam Corps Tactical Zones
1973

LTC William B. Nolde of Mount Pleasant, MI, becomes the last official casualty of the war when he is killed by an artillery shell at An Loc, just 11 hours before the final truce is to take effect.

January 28 - A cease fire begins with the last artillery fire stopping at 8:05 a.m. (local).

February 12- The first American prisoners of war released by North Vietnam arrive at Clark Air Force Base, in the Philippines.

March 29 - The last US troops leave Vietnam, thus ending US participation in the Vietnam war. Left behind are only 8,500 US civilian technicians and a small contingent of US Marines to guard the US embassy.

March 30 - The 18th MP Brigade, the last major color-bearing unit to leave Vietnam, is inactivated at Oakland, California. At the height of the Vietnam war there were over 30,000 military police serving in the US Army. The largest and only combat tested military police brigade in the history of the Military Police Corps had distinguished itself in six plus years of activation and duty in Vietnam.

  1974

With the publishing of DA GO No. 6, the 716th MP Battalion becomes the most highly decorated military police battalion in the United States Army. In Vietnam the battalion served in 16 campaigns, adding seven unit citations to it's one 1945 citation.

  1975

April 29 - Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr., and Lance Corporal Darwin Judge, USMC, are the last US military personnel killed in Vietnam. They are struck during a rocket attack at the US Embassy in Saigon, during the final North Vietnamese attack on the government.

April 30 - At 7:53 a.m., 11 US Marines (the last of 865 Marines assigned to guard the US Embassy) carrying the American flag, are airlifted from the US Embassy rooftop helipad. Three hours later the Vietnam war finally ends when North Vietnamese tanks break into the Presidential Palace.



18 MP Bde Order of Battle

MILITARY POLICE UNITS

18th MP Brigade 18th Military Police Brigade

Arrived Vietnam: 8 Sep 1966
Departed Vietnam: 29 Mar 1973
Located: Long Binh
On 20 May 1966 the 18th Military Police Brigade was established. The brigade was sent to the Republic of Vietnam during the autumn of 1966. The brigade was responsible for the command, coordination and control of all military police operations performed by groups, battalions and other attached units from the de-militarised zone (DMZ) to the Mekong Delta. In addition to its normal police function, the brigade was also in a combat support role and provided convoy escorts, bridge and highway security, refugee and detainee evacuation and traffic control

In addition to these policing functions, the brigade had control of a 22 suare mile area as its own area of responsibility that included military operations and civic action programs as well.

The 18th Military Police Brigade also performed "sea duty" during the Vietnam war by providing port and river security. An example of this type of operation was conducted at the tiny port of Vung Tau Bay. This port was a vital area because it was the disembarkation point for many supplies. The 218th Military Police Company, assumed responsibility for the security of this 6 1/2 square mile bay using river patrol boats equipped with .50-caliber machine guns. This operation was supplemented by using a Boston Whaler for patrolling the shoreline to intercept would-be Viet Cong swimmers before they entered the water.

Convoy escorts were also routine missions for the MP. One such mission, considered by many to be the most dangerous, was a convoy from Qui Nhon to Plei Djereng in support of Cambodian operations. The 150-plus-miles trip was through treacherous terrain that invited Viet Cong ambushes. The road through it degenerated from pock-marked pavement to dirt road until finally becoming a jungle trail.


8 MP Group 8th MP Group (Criminal Investigation)

Arrived Vietnam: 28 Aug 1968
Departed Vietnam: 1 Jul 1972
Located: Long Binh
The 8th MP Group was formed to provide planning, direction and supervision for all criminal investigations that were required by the US Army in Vietnam. In July 1972 this group formed the basis for the US Army Criminal Investigation Centre, Vietnam Field Office. Prior to this, on 3 November 1966, a provisional MP Group (Criminal Investigation) had been formed to charge control of all criminal investigations within the Vietnam theatre with the exception of the Saigon metropolitan area.


16 MP Group 16th MP Group

Arrived Vietnam: 11 Sep 1966
Departed Vietnam: 20 Dec 1970
Located: Nha Trang (Sep 66 - Sep 70)
                Da Nang (Oct 70 - Dec 71)
Command, control, staff planning and coordination was provided by the 16th MP Group to all military police units that had been attached and assigned to it in the I and II Corps Tactical Zones of Vietnam. Under its control were the 93rd, 97th and 504th Military Police Battalions.


89 MP Group 89th MP Group

Arrived Vietnam: 16 Mar 1966
Departed Vietnam: 20 Dec 1971
Located: Long Binh
Command, control, staff planning and coordination was provided by the 89th MP Group to all military police units that had been attached and assigned to it in the III and IV Corps Tactical Zones of Vietnam. Under its control were the 92nd, 95th, 716th and 720th Military Police Battalions.


92 MP Battalion 92nd MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 11 Apr Sep 1966
Departed Vietnam: 5 Feb 1970
Located: Tan Son Nhut
On 11 April 1966, the 92nd MP Battalion was deployed from Fort Bragg to Vietnam to provide command and control, staff planning, criminal investigations and supervison for administration, training, operations and logistics to assigned and attached units. Stationed at Tan Son Nhut, the battalion provided support to Saigon as a subordinate unit to the 89th MP Group.


93 MP Battalion 93rd MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 30 Aug 1966
Departed Vietnam: 20 Dec 1971
Located: Qui Nohn
Initially stationed at Qui Nhon, the battalion moved to Phu Thanh in 1967 and in 1968 to Phu Bai. The battalion provided military police support (command and control, staff planning, criminal investigations and supervison for administration, training, operations and logistics to assigned and attached units) to the northern II Corps Tactical Zone of Vietnam under the 16th MP Group. The battalion returned to Qui Nhon on 29 Mat\rch 1969.


95 MP Battalion 95th MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 11 Apr 1966
Departed Vietnam: 13 Apr 1972
Located: Tan Son Nhut
Initially stationed at Tan Son Nhut the 95th MP Battaion moved to Long Binh in August 1966. The battalion rendered support (command and control, staff planning, criminal investigations and supervison for administration, training, operations and logistics to assigned and attached units) to the III Corps Tactical Zone of Vietnam.


97 MP Battalion 97th MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 28 Aug 1966
Departed Vietnam: 26 Apr 1972
Located: Cam Ranh Bay
Located at Cam Ranh Bay the battalion provided military police support (command and control, staff planning, criminal investigations and supervison for administration, training, operations and logistics to assigned and attached units) to the souther II Corps Tactical Zone of Vietnam under the 16th MP Group. The battalion moved to Long Binh in April 1972.


504 MP Battalion 504th MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 31 Aug 1965
Departed Vietnam: 31 Jul 1972
Located: Qui Nhon
On 31 August 1965, the 504th MP Battalion was sent to Vietnam from Fort Lewis to enforce military law, order and regulations; to control traffic and stragglers, circulation of individuals and protection of property; to handle prisoners of war; to operate checkpoints and route security; and to fight as infantry as required. The battalion was initially located at Qui Nhon, but moved to Phu Thanh (1967), to Phu Bai (1968), and to Da Nang (13 Aug 1970). The battalion rendered military police support in 1 Corps Tactical Zone under the 16th MP Group and finally moved to Long Binh in April 1972.


716 MP Battalion 716th MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 24 Mar 1965
Departed Vietnam: 29 Mar 1973
Located: Saigon / Tan Son Nhut
Under the control of the 89th MP Group, the 716th MP Battalion was stationed at Saigon and Tan Son Nhut for its entire tour and provided MP support to the Saigon area. This included the enforcement of military law, order and regulations; to control traffic and stragglers, circulation of individuals and protection of property; to handle prisoners of war; to operate checkpoints and route security; and to fight as infantry as required.


720 MP Battalion 720th MP Battalion

Arrived Vietnam: 19 Oct 1966
Departed Vietnam: 13 Aug 1972
Located: Long Binh
Stationed initially at Long Binh to enforce military law, order and regulations; to control traffic and stragglers, circulation of individuals and protection of property; to handle prisoners of war; to operate checkpoints and route security; and to fight as infantry as required, the battalion provided such support to the III Corps Tactical Zone under the command of the 89th MP Group.





MILITARY POLICE HELMET INSIGNIA

504th MP BattalionMilitary police deployed within Vietnam applied distinctive markings on their helmets as was authorised by the standard army regulations covering MP insignia. Modifications were however made. Due to the requirement that the presence of military police be easily seen within the crowded avenues and roads of Vietnams cities and towns, the insignia used by the MP's in Vietnam often defied the authorised sizes and were larger than three inches in width.

Camouflaged helmet covers were not usually worn by military police except where the unit was considered to be imminently employed in combat. This included units involved in escort duties. Even during the TET 68 offensive, personnel from the 716th MP battalion wore their "dress helmets" when storming the American Embassy on January 31, 1968.

HQ & HQ MP Platoon, 173rd Airborne BrigadeMP helmets or helmet liners were painted gloss black and decorated with large "MP" letters in white on the front. A painted band then extended around the helmet. This band may have been white, red, red and blue, or red and white depending on the circumstances of the unit assignment. The left side of the helmet was usually used for the unit designation with the right side being used by unit insignia.

After 1966, the common unit insignia in Vietnam was that of the 18th Military Police Brigade. Groups, battalions and some companies had their own distinctive insignia and often used this badge on the left hand side. Companies and platoons that were attached to field forces, divisions and separate brigades placed their formation sign in the same spot. many separate MP units simply used the USARV (United States Army, Vietnam) insignia.

Various dress helmets

The following table indicates how units were probably using the helmet bands within Vietnam.

18 MP Brigade
18 MP Bde helmet
9 MP Company helmet
US Army, Vietnam helmet
504 MP Battalion helmet
Red Band on Helmet
9 MP Company helmet
Unit & strength Parent Unit Location Time period
1st MP Company
1966 - 189
1968 - 189
1970 - ---
1st Inf Div Lai Khe 17 Oct 65-15 Apr 70
4th MP Company
1966 - ---
1968 - 189
1970 - 189
4th Inf Div Pleiku 8 Sep 66-15 Dec 70
5th MP Company (1st Platoon only) 1st Bde, 5th Inf Div (Mech) Quang Tri Jul 68-Aug 71
9th MP Company
1966 - ---
1968 - 189
1970 - ---
9th Inf Div Dong Tam 19 Dec 66-25 Sep 69
23rd MP Company
1966 - ---
1968 - 126
1970 - 189
23rd Inf (Americal) Div Chu Lai 8 Dec 67-29 Jun 72
Retained as a separate MP Company for 196th Infantry brigade after Americal Division was closed in Nov 71
25th MP Company
1966 - 189
1968 - 189
1970 - 189
25th Inf Div Cu Chi 13 Mar 66-8 Dec 70
101st MP Company
1966 - 40
1968 - 156
1970 - 189
101st Airborne Div (Airmobile) Gia Le 28 Dec 67-13 Jan 72
1st Platoon was in Vietnam since Jul 65
545th MP Company
1966 - 156
1968 - 156
1970 - 156
1st Cav Div (Airmobile) Phuoc Vinh 28 Jul 65-29 Apr 71
HQ & HQ MP Platoon 3rd Bde, 82nd Airborne Div Hue-Phu Bai Feb 68-Dec 69
HQ & HQ MP Platoon 173rd Airborne Bde An Khe May 65-Aug 71
25th MP Platoon (Provisional) 2nd Bde, 25th Inf Div Xuan Loc Nov 70-Dec 70
Formed for a short period until replaced by 544th MP Platoon
152nd MP Platoon 199th Inf Bde (Light) Long Binh Dec 66-Oct 70
265th MP Platoon 198th Inf Bde (Light) Chu Lai Oct 67-Dec 67
Assets used to help establish 23rd MP Company
483rd MP Platoon 3rd Bde (Separate), 1st Cav Div Bien Hoa 1969-Mar 73
Formed for 3rd Brigade (Separate), 9th Inf Div
Nov 70 with 3rd Bde (Separate), 1st Cav Div
After Jun 72 was separate platoon with red/white band at Can Tho
544th MP Platoon 196th Bde (Light) Chu Lai Sep 66-Dec 67
Jan 71-Apr 71
Assets used to establish 23rd MP Company.
Re-raised for 2nd Bde (Separate), 25th Inf Div
Blue over Red Band on Helmet
504 MP Battalion helmet
Unit & strength Parent Unit Location Time period
504th MP Battalion (elements only)
1966 - 601
1968 - 595
1970 - 537
XXIV Corps Phu Bail XXIV Corps received MP support from platoons of "A" and "B" Companies, 504th MP Bn on a rotating basis
272nd MP Company (Corps)
1966 - 182
1968 - 181
1970 - 182
I Field Force Nha Trang 4 Sep 65-31 Mar 72
552nd MP Company (Corps)
1966 - ---
1968 - 200
1970 - 200
II Field Force Long Binh 1 Oct 66-28 Apr 72
White over Red Band on Helmet
18 MP Bde helmet
Unit & strength Parent Unit Location Time period
18th MP Brigade (HHD)
1966 - 55
1968 - 80
1970 - 219
US Army, Vietnam Long Binh 8 Sep 66-29 Mar 73
16th MP Group (HHD)
1966-70 - 38
18th MP Bde Nha Trang/Da Nang 11 Sep 66-20 Dec 70
89th MP Group (HHD)
1966 - 37
1968 - 38
1970 - 38
18th MP Bde Long Binh 16 Mar 66-20 Dec 71
504th MP Battalion (Army)
1966 - 601
1968 - 595
1970 - 537
16th MP Group Phu Bai 31 Aug 65-31 Jul 72
716th MP Battalion (Army)
1966 - 602
1968 - 595
1970 - 537
89th MP Group Saigon 24 Mar 65-29 Mar 73
720th MP Battalion (Army)
1968 - 595
1970 - 537
89th MP Group Long Binh 19 Oct 66-13 Aug 72
212th MP Company (Sentry Dog)
1966 - 188
1968 - 193
1970 - 191
89th MP Group Long Binh 10 Jan 66-8 Nov 72
284th MP Company (Confinement Facility)
1966 - ---
1968 - 234
1970 - 162
18th MP Bde Long Binh 2 Apr 68-28 Mar 73
527th MP Company (Physical Security)
1966 - ---
1968 - 182
1970 - ---
716th MP Bn Saigon 7 Sep 66-15 Oct 68
One platoon also served 30 Jun 71-20 Mar 72 at Da Nang as a Confinement Facility platoon
595th MP Company (Sentry Dog)
1966 - ---
1968 - ---
1970 - 191
504th MP Bn Da Nang 2 Jan 70-28 Apr 72
981st MP Company (Sentry Dog)
1966 - ---
1968 - 193
1970 - 191
16th MP Group Cam Ranh Bay 8 Dec 67-17 Apr 72
146th MP Company 504th MP Bn Phu Bai  
514th MP Platoon (POW Processing) 18th MP Bde Saigon Sep 65-1966
Not really used as US turned POW responsibility over to Vietnamese government
5th MP Detachment (Provost Marshal Section) 18th MP Bde Da Nang 1971-Jul 72
22nd MP Detachment (Provost Marshal Section) 18th MP Bde Long Binh Closed in Jul 72
90th MP Detachment (Provost Marshal Section) 18th MP Bde Saigon Sep 65-Closing date not known
145th MP Detachment (Dismounted Patrol, Dog) 212th MP Coy Tan Son Nhut 1965-67
Merged with 212th MP Coy in 1966 but closed 1967
White Band on Helmet
US Army, Vietnam helmet
Unit & strength Parent Unit Location Time period
Provisional MP Group (Criminal Investigation) 18th MP Bde Long Binh 3 Nov 66-28 Aug 68
Used to form 8th MP Group
8th MP Group (Criminal Investigation)
1968-71 - 38
18th MP Bde Long Binh 28 Aug 68-1 Jul 72
92nd MP Battalion (HHD)
1966 - 20
1968 - 27
89th MP Group Tan Son Nhut 11 Apr 66-5 Feb 70
93rd MP Battalion (HHD)
1966 - 20
1968 - 27
1970 - 26
16th MP Group Phu Tai 30 Aug 66-20 Dec 71
95th MP Battalion (HHD)
1966 - 20
1968 - 27
1970 - 26
89th MP Group Long Binh 11 Apr 66-13 Apr 72
97th MP Battalion (HHD)
1968 - 27
1970 - 26
16th MP Group Cam Ranh Bay Aug 66-Apr 72
61st MP Company (Physical Security)
1966 - ---
1968 - ---
1970 - 169
1st Signal Bde Long Binh 1 Mar 70-19 Mar 73
66th MP Company (Guard)
1966 - 125
1968 - 163
1970 - 156
93rd MP Bn Phu Thanh 23 Aug 65-20 Mar 72
127th MP Company (Corps)
1966 - ---
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
93rd MP Bn Qui Nhon 8 Jan 67-30 Jan 72
188th MP Company (Physical Security)
1966 - 159
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
92nd MP Bn Tan Son Nhut 31 Jul 66-20 Mar 72
194th MP Company (Physical Security)
1966 - ---
1968 - 228
1970 - 119
1st Signal Bde Long Binh 16 May 67-28 Jun 72
218th MP Company (Corps)
1966 - ---
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
97th MP Bn Nha Trang 18 Jan 67-17 Apr 72
300th MP Company (Physical Security)
1966 - 143
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
92nd MP Bn Tan Son Nhut 25 Jun 66-1 Apr 72
557th MP Company (Guard)
1966 - 125
1968 - 163
1970 - 156
95th MP Bn Long Binh 5 Sep 65-20 Mar 72
560th MP Company (Corps)
1966 - 182
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
92nd MP Bn Vung Tau 14 Sep 62-28 Mar 73
615th MP Company (Corps)
1966 - 182
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
95th MP Bn Long Binh 26 Aug 63-28 Mar 73
630th MP Company (Escort Guard)
1966 - 142
1968 - 182
1970 - 162
97th MP Bn Cam Ranh Bay 23 Aug 65-17 Apr 72
148th MP Platoon 92nd MP Bn Tan Son Nhut Mar 65-Dec 67
Attached to Task Force OREGON at Chu Lai in Apr 67 where helped to establish 23rd MP Company
40th MP Detachment (Field Office) Provisional MP Group Nha Trang Sep 65-Aug 68
87th MP Detachment (Field Office) Provisional MP Group Long Binh Sep 65-Aug 68
91st MP Detachment (Confinement Stockade) 95th MP Bn Long Binh Aug 65-Not certain
147th MP Detachment (Criminal Investigation) Provisional MP Group Saigon Nov 65-Aug 68
177th MP Detachment (Provost Marshal) 93rd MP Bn Qui Nhon Aug 66-Mar 73
178th MP Detachment (Provost Marshal) 97th MP Bn Cam Ranh Bay Aug 65-mar 73
179th MP Detachment (Provost Marshal) 95th MP Bn Long Binh/Bin Hoa Sep 66-Nov 72
252nd MP Detachment (Criminal Investigations) Provisional MP Group Vung Tau Jun 66-Aug 68
500th MP Detachment (Physical Security) 1st Signal Bde Phu Lam