To Fallen Comrades

    The following article on a memorial to Our Fallen Comrades was posted in ARNEWS and is repeated here for our membership. Following the article is a slide show of the commemoration.

    Army honors MPs killed in action.

  By Dennis Ryan

  October 3, 2003

  WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 3, 2003)

  The Military Police Corps dedicated a memorial plaque at Arlington National Cemetery Oct. 2 honoring the more than 200 military policemen killed in action since World War I. The site chosen at the corner of McClellan and Eisenhower Drives holds special significance to military police and provost marshals since World War II. Retired Col. David Patton, a military policeman and previous Fort Myer garrison commander uncovered the connection. "I discovered the military police school was at Fort Myer," Patton told a crowd of about 150 present. "My search took me to what was then South Post (Fort Myer). We never found the exact place of the school." So the plaque was placed at the approximate location of the South Post main gate. The South Post of Fort Myer was located in land that is now part of by the cemetery. Military police have been part of the Army since it's inception during the American Revolution and have served in all of the nation's wars. But the Corps was not officially established until Sept. 26, 1941. The corps earned designation as a combat support branch for its service during the bloody battles of the 1968 Tet offensive in Vietnam. Military policemen fought Viet Cong guerillas on the grounds of the American Embassy in Saigon during the offensive. Retired Col. Jack Hyde served as a military policeman with the 9th Armored Division during the Battle of the Bulge. There he met the legendary Gen. George Patton. Hyde, then a second lieutenant, stopped Patton from going through a road block. The general, famous for his temper, objected strenuously, but the young officer refused to let him through. Hyde had captured two Germans that morning less than a hundred yards away from the roadblock. "He asked for my name," Hyde said. "I figured I'd get a letter of reprimand. Two weeks later I got a letter promoting me." Hyde later became bridge control officer at the famous bridge over the Rhine River at Remagen. Military police helped defend the bridge from a furious German counter attack. The capture and holding of the bridge enabled American forces to pour across the Rhine and shorten the war. Today, there are roughly 38,000 military policemen in the Army. Besides performing standard police functions on posts, they provide convoy security in Iraq, detainee handling in Afghanistan, Guantanamo and Iraq and area security operations. (Editorís note: Dennis Ryan is a staff writer with Fort Myer Pentagram.)

Military Police Memorial

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 Our Fallen Comrades (from the War on Terrorism)

 SPC Narson Sullivan 411th MP Co.

 SGT Travis Burkhardt 170th MP Co.

 SPC Eric Hull 307th MP Co.

 SSG Bobby Franklin 210th MP Co.

 PFC Charles Sims 549th MP Co

 LTC Kim Orlando HHD, 716th MP Bn.

 SSG Joseph Bellavia 194th MP Co.

 CPL Sean Grilley 194th MP Co.

 PFC Rachel Bosveld 527th MP Co.

 SGT Aubrey Bell 214th MP Co.

 SGT Nicholas Tomko 307th MP Co.

 SSG Aaron Reese 135th MP Co.

 SPC Todd Bates 135th MP Co.

Click Here For A Memorial to LTC Kim Orlando: A Fallen Comrade

Click Here For "The Fallen Heroes Memorial" for all of our fallen comrades

    In Memorium: CW-4 Charles (Chuck) Lanphere (Ret) passed in April 2005. A memorial will be held at Arlington National Cemetery 16 April 2006. This post will remain on the site until then. "Chuck" served 30 years in the Military Police Corps/CID from the end of World War II until he retired in 1975. This was posted on the request of Chris Lanphere.

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