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

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  • Author: Thomas T. Watson
  • Publisher: 720th Military Police Battalion Reunion Association
  • Binding: Perfect Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-9903271-0-3
  • Pages: 728
  • Item #: 5488_Paperback
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Follow the new generation of Soldiers of the Gauntlet
who came of age during the turbulent and divisive
years of the 1960s and ’70s during their preparation,
deployment, and service in South Vietnam.

Using official records and the personal accounts of
battalion veterans of all ranks and ages, it takes you
on a chronological tour from their first day in-country
until their last.

Learn of the history of the Vietnamese people, its
military, civil police, and the ever-elusive enemy,
the Allies, subordinate units, geography, and areas
of operation.

In South Vietnam, the tactical approach to war
changed drastically with the new concept of the
nonlinear battlefield. The Military Police took the
initiative and through its speed and mobility, the
tenacity and bravery of its troops, it quickly
learned to adapt to the new style of counter-
insurgency hit-and-run guerilla warfare by an
always-elusive enemy.

Follow their combat support missions, convoy
escorts, discipline-law-and-order duties, and
POW security and transport missions that made
the 720th the workhorse go-to Battalion of the
89th MP Group in III and IV Corps Tactical

A separate chapter is also dedicated to their
dangerous and unique Operation OVERTAKE
mission of day and night convoy escorts along
Rocket Alley of Highway-1A between Long Binh
and the Newport Docks.

You will finally see the big picture of how the
blood, sweat, tears, and toils of the Soldiers
of the Gauntlet and their subordinate units
affected the overall war effort.

Learn how the military police of the Vietnam
era were rewarded for their efforts when the
Military Police Corps was finally designated
by the Department of the Army as a combat
support as well as service branch.

The lessons learned by the MPs in the cities
and villages, jungles and rice paddies, and on
the roadways and rivers of South Vietnam,
were the building blocks used for the foundation
of today’s Military Police Corps.

Regardless of unit, if you are a Military Police
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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