Social Security Number: 000-00-0000
Service Number: RA 11 146 146
NOTE: The RA in front of his Service Number indicates he joined the Army. If he had
been drafted his Service Number would have started with US.
12 Feb 1946 to 13 Dec 1948 Joined and Served in the U.S. Army (1st Enlistment)
23 Feb 1946 to 21 Apr 1946 Basic Training at Ft. McClellan, Alabama
23 Apr 1946 to Jun 1946 Military Police School - Camp Kilmer, N.J.
July 1946 Sent to Bremerhaven, Germany
July 1946 to Oct 1946 Assigned to Co B 707th MP Battalion as an
Oct 1946 to Jun 1947 Assigned to Co. A 389th MP Battalion as an MP
Aug 1947 to Mar 1948 Assigned to 97th General Hospital (Security)
Mar 1948 to May 1948 Assigned to 317th Station Hospital (Security)
May 1948 Left Germany for the USA
May 1948 to July 1948 Assigned to Brooke General Hospital, Ft. Sam
Houston, San Antonio, TX (Security)
Aug 1948 to Dec 1948 Assigned to 9770th TSU, Western Chemical Center,
Tooele Army Depot is a United States Army post located in Tooele County, Utah. It
originally opened in 1942 during the early phase of U.S. involvement in World
War II. It is primarily operated by members of the U.S. Army's Ordnance Corps.
The site has long served as a repository for stockpiles of biological and chemical
weapons. As the United States has disclaimed use of such weapons, the post's
primary responsibilities are now the safeguarding of the remaining inventory and
planning for and carrying out its destruction, largely through the use of on-site
incineration facilities, the use of which has been decried by some area residents
and many environmentalists.[citations needed] The incineration process uses
temperatures high enough to dissociate molecules into elements thereby rendering
chemical agents wholly inert. The incinerator has a very good safety record. The
workforce at the post is now primarily composed of civilians with a limited
number of active duty Army personnel.
13 Dec 1948 Discharged from U.S. Army
4 Jan 1949 to 11 Jul 1952 Re-enlisted into U.S. Army (2nd Enlistment)
Re-entered as an MP
1951 Extended enlistment 1 Year
Jan 1949 to Mar 1949 Assigned to 4th Infantry Division, Ft. Ord CA. as an
Mar 1949 to Sep 1951 Assigned to Co. B, 382nd MP Service Battalion,
Bremerhaven, Germany. Also sent to 98th
General Hospital in Neubruecke Kaserne
Germany for 1 month in Dec 1949
Sep 1951 to Apr 1952 Assigned to 529th MP Company, Bremerhaven,
Apr 1952 Left Germany for USA
May 1952 to Jul 1952 Assigned to HQ, 7th Armor Division - Camp
July 1952 Enlistment ended
4 Nov 1954 to 4 Nov 1960 Re-enlisted into U.S. Army (3rd Enlistment)
Re-entered as an MP
Nov 1954 to Dec 1954 Refresher Training, Ft. Ord, CA
Dec 1954 to Dec 1956 AFFE (Armed Forces Far East) Japan
Unit Unknown - Nothing shown on records.
Overseas service during this time was in Japan.
Worked as an MP.
Dec 1956 to Sep 1957 Assigned to HHC, 1st Infantry Division, Ft. Riley,
Kansas. As an MP
Oct 1957 to Jan 1958 Sent to Aircraft Maintenance School, Ft Rucker,
Alabama. Trained as Helicopter Mechanic.
Jan 1958 to Dec 1958 Assigned to 545th Transportation Detachment,
Ft. Riley, Kansas
Dec 1958 to Dec 1959 Assigned to Korea. Unit unknown. Nothing on
Records other than overseas assignment. While in
Korea he was a Chauffer. Usually when shown on
Records as Chauffer, he was a General’s Driver.
December 1959 Returned to the USA
Jan 1960 to Oct 1961 Assigned to 545th Transportation Detachment, Ft
Riley, Ks as a Sr. Helicopter Mechanic. Re-enlisted
For 6 more years in Nov 1960
Oct 1961 to Nov 1962 Assigned to Hawaii with 545th Transportation
Detachment which was transferred to Hawaii as a
Whole Unit Redeployment
Dec 1962 to Dec 1963 His Unit the 545th Trans Detachment was sent from
Hawaii to Vietnam for one year.
Jan 1963 to Jun 1963 Assigned to 71st Transportation Battalion, Ft.
Eustis, Va. to attend Aircraft
Jun 1963 to Oct 1963 Assigned to 4th Transportation Detachment
Ft. Lewis, WA. As a Helicopter Supervisor
Oct 1963 to Apr 1964 Reassigned to E Company, 704th Maintenance
Battalion, 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Lewis WA.
Apr 1964 to Jun 1964 Sent to Needles Cal. For 3 months to participate in
Neutral Force Desert Strike Exercise.
Jun 1964 to Aug 1965 Returned to E Co, 704th Trans Battalion at Ft. Lewis
Aug 1965 to Jul 1966 Assigned to 30th Transportation Company
Jul 1966 Returned to USA
Jul 1966 to Nov 1966 Assigned to 26th General Support Group, Ft.
1 Nov 1966 Retired
DECORATIONS AND AWARDS
Army of Occupation Medal-Germany
Issued at the end of WWII to those soldiers serving in previously occupied enemy
territories of Germany and Japan during 1945 to 1955.
WWII Victory Medal
Awarded for service in the US Armed Forces during the period 7 Dec 1941
To 31 Dec 1946
Good Conduct Medal
Awarded every 3 years for excellence in conduct and bearing. 21 Years service is
a total of 7 awarded medals. This would be displayed with 2 Silver Knots on
the Medal and Ribbon.
Bronze Star Medal
Your Dad’s award is for Meritorious Actions while serving in Vietnam. Awarded
By General Order Number 142, dated 12 Apr 1963
National Defense Medal/With Oak Leaf Cluster
Issued for service during the periods 1950 to 1954, 1961 to 1974
1990 to 1995 and from 9/11/2001 to be determined
Air Medal- 3rd Oak Leaf Cluster
Your Dad would have gotten his 3 Air Medals based on flight time in Helicopters
This was issued to the first soldiers sent to Vietnam because the Vietnam Service
Medal and Vietnam Campaign Medals were not issued until 1965.
Vietnam Service Medal
Initiated in 1965 this Medal was issued for service in Vietnam by the US
Government. It was retroactive to 1961 for those who were in Vietnam
Prior to its issuance.
Korea Defense Service Medal
After the Korean War all military personnel who were sent to Korea for duty
Received nothing to show their service there. In 2002 President Bush issued
an Executive Order creating this Medal and awarding it retroactive to all
personnel who served in Korea from April 1954 to present. Your Dads service
in Korea would qualify him for this Medal and the Government is responsible for
updating his files and issuing him the Medal.
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Issued the first time in 1965 by the Republic of Vietnam for service during the
War. Retroactive to 1961.
Purple Heart Medal
Although no records exist per the letter from The Department of the Army
Chances are, after your Dad was wounded he was treated in a civilian hospital
Where no records were forwarded to the US Army for recording.
Army National Guard Components Achievement Medal
Would have been awarded to your Dad for his service in the National Guard
After his retirement. He did not have to serve in the National Guard as an
Active member, but he had an Inactive commitment to fulfill after his
Belgian WWII War Service Medal
Your Dad while in La Rochelle, France at the end of WWII probably did
something with the Belgian Government. As an MP it would have been security
related. It would not be on his records (DD214) as the US Government does
not list Foreign Awards on the DD214.
Medal For Humane Action
Awarded to your Dad during his Post WWII service in German. The Airplane on
the Medal signifies it was awarded as part of the Berlin Airlift which took
place during your Dads tour in Germany.
Selective Service Medal WWII
Not sure exactly what this Medal is but the info I could find shows it
was issued at the end of WWII. I would guess it’s more of a commemorative
Medal but it does show up on the ribbons charts.
Presidential Unit Citation
Your Dad’s Unit, the 382nd Military Police Battalion was awarded this Citation
inn 1950. Your Dad was serving with them at that time.
Valorous Unit Citation
Awarded to the 545th Transportation Unit while in Vietnam.
Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Unit Citation
All US Army units under the direction of MACV (Military Assistance
Command Vietnam) were issued this award by the government of
South Vietnam. Retroactive to 1961. 545th was under MACV
Expert W/Rifle Tab
Your Dad qualified for this with an M-16 on 5 Sep 1966 per Special Order 18
He also qualified for this Badge with 30 Cal Pistol on 14 Aug 1950
Sharp Shooter Badge/W Carbine Tab
Qualified with 30 Cal Carbine on 19 May 1949
Qualified with Sub-Machine Gun on June 1950
Marksman Badge W/ 45 Cal Pistol Tab
Qualified on 19 Mar 1949
Senior Aircraft Crew Badge
Awarded to your Dad on 9 Jul 1966 per Special Order Number 157
Air Assault Badge
The Air Assault Badge is a United States Army military badge created in 1974. It was
originally known as the “Airmobile Badge” initially authorized only for wear by
members of the 101st Airborne Division, with permission from the Division Commander.
In 1978 the Air Assault Badge was authorized for Army wide issuance. The Air Assault
Badge is now awarded to any member of the United States Army who satisfactorily
completes an air assault training course in accordance with the U.S. Army Training and
Doctrine Command’s Standardized Resources Command.
The Air Assault Badge can be retroactively awarded upon application to the United
States Army Human Resources Command, for those veterans of the Vietnam War who
regularly engaged in Air Assault missions and training.
UNITS SERVEDAND THEIR PATCHES
1ST Infantry Division
While Assigned to Fort Riley, Kansas
4th Infantry Division
While Assigned to Fort Lewis, Washington
.MACV (Military Assistance Command Vietnam)
While Assigned to Vietnam
US Army in Europe
This would have been the patch worn while with the MP Battalions in
2nd Infantry Division
While Assigned to Korea
US Army in Japan (AFFE)
Most likely worn when Assigned to duty in Japan. We didn’t have Combat
Units in Japan during the 50’s just Support Units Like this which would
have been the main organization there.
Would have worn this Unit Patch when assigned to the Hospitals (Security) in
This would have been the Unit Patch while assigned to Fort Ord, California
7th Armored Division
Worn while assigned to Camp Roberts, California
3rd Infantry Division
Would have worn this when assigned to 26th Support Group
PROMOTIONS AND RANKS
NOTE: This info is based on your Dads records of promotion from 1953 to
his retirement in 1966. The records have nothing showing regarding his
Rank from 1946 to 1952.
Private E-2 9 Feb 1953
Private First Class E-3 18 Mar 1953
NOTE: During the 40’s and 50’s the same stripes were used but pay was different.
Corporal E-4 12 Mar 1954
Specialist 5 23 Jun 1958
Specialist 6 28 Dec 1965
.INFORMATION AND MISC.
History of the 382nd MP Battalion 1944-47
The 382nd Military Police Battalion was constituted on October 28th 1944 and activated on November 3,
1944 at Paris France and was operationally assigned to the Transportation Service Forces - European
Theater. From the time of creation until late 1947, the 382nd MP Battalion was assigned to railway guard
service first in France and then in Germany. The Battalion departed France on September 28, 1945 and
arrived in Germany on October 4, 1945. By September of 1946, the entire 382nd Battalion was reported
stationed at Bremen, Germany. On October 20, 1947, the unit was reorganized and re-designated as the
382nd Military Police Service Battalion and withdrawn from assignment as a railway guard unit. At that
time, the 382nd was given a law enforcement mission and assigned as follows: Headquarters
Bremerhaven. Company A Bremerhaven Company B Bremerhaven Company C Grohn, Germany Company
D Bremen (Note: Above information on the 382nd MP BN from Oct 28 through 20 Oct 1947 was
researched, written and copyrighted by R.L.Gunnarsson, Former members having additional information
or pictures to add to this history can contact Bob at email@example.com Bob is putting together
Part ll Law Enforcement Mission of the 382nd MP BN and if you have information you would like to share
and pictures to add to this History of the 382nd Project contact Bob at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is a picture I found online of the Main MP Gate, taken in 1950 for the 98th General
Hospital in Neubruecke Kaserne, Germany. Your father was assigned there during Dec
1949 as a Military Policeman. Chances are he worked at this gate during that period.