History of the 720th Military Police Battalion Book II: Volume 2

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  • Author: Thomas T. Watson
  • Publisher: 720th Military Police Battalion Reunion Association
  • Binding: Perfect Paperback
  • ISBN: 9780990327127
  • Pages: 602
  • Item #: 5490_Paperback
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The story of the three—year history of a traditional
Army—level Military Police battalion assigned the
previously unheard of mission responsibility of light
infantry counterinsurgency warfare in South Vietnam.
This was the first time in the history of the United
States Armed Forces that a military police battalion
was tasked with such a mission and placed in direct
operation control of a Tactical Area Of Responsibility
(TAOR) and authority for the direct control of infantry,
air, armor, and artillery elements when called upon for
support. At the time there was no precedent for it.

Long Binh Post was the new home for the USARV
Headquarters complex, and a dedicated proactive
U.S. unit was needed to deny the enemy access to
its traditional southern approach routes to Bien Hoa
and eliminate their close-­in strike capability of Long
Binh Post and USARV.

USARV tasked the mission to the 18th Military
Police Brigade, and they assigned it to the 89th
Military Police Group’s go—to battalion, the 720th.

Follow the exploits of the Battalion’s Village
Outpost’s Liaison staff, River Patrol, Ambush &
Reconnaissance, and Civic Action patrols as
they first clear, pacify, and defend the four
villages within the 22 square mile area within
the III Corps Tactical Zone of Bien Hoa Province,
South Vietnam.

You will see the big picture of how the blood, sweat,
tears, and toils of the Soldiers Of The Gauntlet
affected the overall war effort and contributed to
the Military Police Corps finally being recognized
by the Department of the Army as a Combat
Support-­Service branch of the U.S. Army.

Their ability to quickly adapt and improvise to
their new and unique infantry mission in the
villages, jungles, and rice paddies, and on the
roadways and back rivers of the TAOR showed
that they not only fulfilled their primary security
mission along the southern border of Long Binh
Post, but also returned the area to the control
of the local government and people.

If you are a battalion veteran of the Vietnam era,
it will finally provide you and the Military Police
Corps with a clear and concise documentation of
a history of service to be proud of.

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