Military Police Of The Vietnam War
PLATOONS
25th Infantry
Division Patch
CPT Mike Tarman was both
at  Cu Chi and Tay Ninh (MP
Stations at right) and was the
CO of the 25th MP Co. at Cu
Chi.
Hundreds of workers came onto the military bases in the morning.  It was the duty of the MPs to ensure that no contraband was brought onto
base to include weapons and drugs.  Most of these workers were necessary and vital, but security of the bases was of the utmost importance.   
MPs observe a demonstration that took place outside of the base at Tay Ninh.
What were they demonstrating against?  A dispute over an ice contract award for the base
.
MP Ed Lynch, 25th Infantry Division. The great Bob Hope brought his show to Vietnam every year.  Here Connie Stevens entertains while 25th
MPs "work" and the troops enjoy .Dale Laughlin, Clyde Griffey, below/right.
A convoy drives by the Michelin
rubber plantation.  Think this might
be a good spot to get shot at?
SFC Archie Smith, Operations NCO, Provost Marshal LTCWilliam Gregerson, SSG Richard Burch, and Bruce Vegoda.
Argh!  A ticket.  Yes, traffic control was needed in Vietnam.  
There were hundreds of traffic accidents resulting in death,
injury or destruction of private property.
864 troops died in Vietnam as the result of non-hostile
vehicle losses or crashes.
LTC Malcolm Smith, Provost Marshal, 25th Infantry Division, 1968-69, Cu Chi.  Photo courtesy of Raymond Duke. Jim Pardo
recruits an MP after exchanging headgear. Jeff Elmer, 25th Infantry Division,
served at Cu Chi and Tay Ninh. Paul Erickson, 504th MP BN, sent this photo of MPs at a bridge blown up by the VC.
IN MEMORY OF GORDON "GORDY" SHAW
Gordon A.
Shaw, left,
with his best
friend Tim
Hippensteel.
Words written by COL(R) Mike Tarman about the troops he commanded
in Vietnam while he was an MP Captain.
The Pacific
Gordon was killed in May of 1970 while on convoy with the 4th Infantry Division
in Binh Dinh Province.  Gordon received the Bronze Star for valor.  His best
buddy, fellow MP Tim Hippensteel, right, writes these words:  "We were high
school friends drafted together in 1969.  We raised some real hell together.  
Gordy was a Golden Gloves boxer.  We'll meet again, good buddy".
Manuel Wells, 25th Infantry
Division, 1967-68.
Troy Mitchell, C CO, 716th
MP  BN
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615th MP guard mount prior to convoy escort, Xuan Loc. MPs inspect damage after a VC on
a bike exploded a bomb in Saigon killing a Vietnamese policeman, three others (including a
woman) and injuring five.
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