Below is information gathered on the internet, by Jerry Wallce regarding differant MP units that at one time or the other had MPs serving on Army PBRs

Combat Military Police

September 14, 1962 - The 560th MP Company, from Fort Hood, TX, arrives in Vietnam. It is the first military police unit to arrive in Vietnam, and is assigned duties at Vung Tau.

August 2, 1964 - The US destroyer Maddox reports an attack by North Vietnamese patrol boats in the Gulf of Tonkin. Two days later the US destroyer Turner Joy also reports an attack.

August 7, 1964 - Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.

March 8, 1965 - After six weeks of travel from Japan, at 9:03 a.m. (local time), and under overcast skies and drizzly rain, the four ships of Task Force 76 (USS Mount McKinley, Henrico, Union and Vancouver) arrive at Da Nang, Vietnam. These are the first US combat troops to deploy to Vietnam

March 24, 1965 - The 716th MP Battalion arrives in Vietnam.

June 17, 1965 - The 89th MP Group, is activated.

July 1965 - Elements of the 1st MP Company arrive in Vietnam, as part of
the American build-up.

July 28, 1965 - The 545th MP Company arrives in Vietnam with the FirstCavalry Division.

October 1965 - The remainder of the 1st MP Company arrives in Vietnam.

December 4, 1965 - SPC William S. Seippel, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,from C Company, 716th MP Bn, engages in a gun battle with VC terrorists at the Metropole Hotel in Saigon. After being wounded, and out of ammunition for his shotgun and pistol, he takes cover in the hotel lobby. The VC then explode a bomb which killed eight people and wounded
another 137.

April 1, 1966 - SPC Michael T. Mulvaney, 23, of the Philippines, and PFC
Patrick J. Brems, 19, of Mahwah, New Jersey, from Company C, 716th MP Bn
are killed in Saigon, when the VC bomb the Victoria BOQ.

June 14, 1966 - The 18th MP Brigade and 16th MP Group are formally
activated at Fort Meade, Maryland.

September 26, 1966 The 18th MP Brigade becomes operational in Vietnam. At the height of the war it will consist of over 6000 military policemen assigned in three MP groups;

  1.The 8th MP Group which oversaw all criminal investigative work,
  2.the 16th MP Group assigned to the I and II tactical zones, and
  3.the 89th MP Group assigned to tactical zones III and IV.

Under the brigade are the:

    92nd MP Battalion,
    93rd MP Battalion,
    95th MP Battalion,
    97th MP Battalion,
    504th MP Battalion,
    716th MP Battalion,
    720th MP Battalion,
    a stockade detachment,
    a sentry dog company,
    a PW processing platoon, and
    seven separate infantry companies.

September 1967 - The 18th MP Brigade is assigned responsibility for security of a 22 square mile area south of Long Binh, Vietnam. This is the first time that military police are given a tactical area of responsibility in a combat zone.

January 30, 1968 - At Ban Me Thout, just after midnight, MP SPC RonMcCollar, begins clearing American soldiers from the village's five bars, due to his belief in an impending VC attack. At 1:35 a.m. 2,000 enemy troops from the 33rd NVA Regiment and the 301st VC Local Force Battalion, supported by rocket and mortars, do attack the city and the
military installations in the area.

January 31, 1968 - The start of the "Tet 68 Offensive." For an account of the attack on Saigon, and the actions of the military police to defend the city and the US Embassy, from Viet Cong attack, go to The "Tet Offensive" Page.  At Long Binh, one military policeman from the 95th MP Battalion and another military policeman from the 212th MP
Company are killed during attacks against the Long Binh Ammunition Supply Depot.  At Dalat, two military police are wounded when Viet Cong attack and destroy the MP billets with mortar and rocket fire.  At Vinh Long one military policeman from the 148th MP Platoon is wounded in an attack on the MP Billets.  At Kontum, and Pleiku, military police of B Company, 504th MP Battalion begin their battle against Viet Cong snipers
that doesn't end until approximately February 7th.  At Nha Trang the Viet Cong attack the 272nd MP Company. The attack is repulsed and the area held.  Military police of the 720th MP Battalion assist combat forces in repulsing attacks at Bien Hoa, Thu Duo, Can Tho City and Soc Trang.

February 2, 1968 - At Ban Me Thout three military policemen of the 981st
MP Company are wounded in an explosion.

February 3, 1968 - At Qui Nhon one military policeman from the 127th MP Company is killed during street fighting with Viet Cong.  During the night Viet Cong attack the Newport Bridge, between Bien Hoa and Saigon. The 273rd VC Regiment succeeds in capturing the eastern end of the bridge, but MP's from the 716th MP Battalion and members of the ARVN 5th Cavalry Squadron retake the bridge in heavy fighting.

February 6, 1968 - The "Tet Offensive" in the Saigon area is declared over, but fighting will continue within the city for several more weeks. In this one week period the total losses for the 716th MP Battalion are 27 killed and 45 wounded

May 5-9, 1968 - In Vietnam the Spring, or second "Tet," Offensive begins. Attacks are launched against 122 military installations, airfields and towns, including Saigon.

May 28, 1968 - SSG John H. Wilkens, 26, of New York City, New York, SPC Dennis R. Mason, 20, of  Argyle, Wisconsin, and PFC Roy W. Neal, 21, of Blountville, Tennessee, all from A Co, 720th MP Bn,  are killed in action when their gun jeep is struck by a RPG, while on routine patrol,approximately one half-mile north of the Newport Bridge.

June 23, 1968 - At midnight the Vietnam War becomes the longest war in US history (six years, six  months, and one day). The date starts on December 22, 1961, with the death of SPC Livingston.

June 30, 1969 - SGT Eugene T. Cox, 21, of Jackson Heights, New York and PFC James H. Workman, 20, of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, two military policemen of C Company, 716th MP Battalion, respond to  a report of a drunken soldier in a bar in Saigon. They are shot dead by LTC Nguyen Viet Can, commander of the ARVN Airborne Battalion that guards the Vietnamese Presidential Palace. No charges are filed  against the ARVN officer.

October 1969 - A military policeman from the 716th MP Bn has a hand chopped off by a machete wielding major of the ARVN Rangers, during a barfight in Saigon.

1969 - During this year the US military prisoner population peaks when 10,450 military prisoners are  confined in Vietnam, most at the United States Army Installation Stockade at Long Binh, known as the  Long Binh Jail (LBJ).

September 1971 - Military police conduct a siege at Cam Ranh Bay against 14 soldiers of the 35th  Engineer Group who refuse to come out of their bunkers.

October 9, 1971 - First Cavalry troopers again commit a "combat refusal"
when asked to form a patrol.

October 1971 - Military police are flown into a military base near Da Lat, after two fragging attempts had  been made on the commanding officer's life. Discipline is restored after the MP's have been on scene for a  week.

April 1972 - Members of the 196th Infantry Brigade (Separate) refuse to
go out in support of ARVN operations.

June 29, 1972 - The last combat brigade, the 196th Infantry Brigade
(Separate), withdraws from Vietnam.

July 18, 1972 - Actress Jane Fonda broadcasts an anti-war message over
Hanoi Radio to American troops.

August 23, 1972 - The last combat battalion, 3rd Battalion, 21st
Infantry Regiment, withdraws from Vietnam.

LTC William B. Nolde of Mount Pleasant, MI, becomes the last official
casualty of the war when he is killed by an artillery shell at An Loc,
just 11 hours before the final truce is to take effect.

January 28, 1973 - A cease fire begins with the last artillery fire
stopping at 8:05 a.m. (local).

February 12, 1973 - The first American prisoners of war released by
North Vietnam arrive at Clark Air  Force Base, in the Philippines.

March 29, 1973 - The last US troops leave Vietnam, thus ending US participation in the Vietnam War.  Left behind are only 8,500 US civilian technicians and a small contingent of US Marines to guard the US embassy.

March 30, 1973 - The 18th MP Brigade, the last major color-bearing unit to leave Vietnam, is inactivated at Oakland, California. At the height of the Vietnam War there were over 30,000 military police serving in theUS Army.

1974 - With the publishing of DA GO No. 6, the 716th MP Battalion
becomes the most highly decorated military police battalion in the
United States Army. In Vietnam the battalion served in 16 campaigns,
adding seven unit citations to it's one 1945 citation.

April 29, 1975 - Corporal Charles McMahon, Jr., and Lance Corporal
Darwin Judge, USMC, are the last  US military personnel killed in
Vietnam. They are struck during a rocket attack at the US Embassy in
Saigon, during the final North Vietnamese attack on the government.

April 30, 1975 - At 7:53 a.m., 11 US Marines (the last of 865 Marines assigned to guard the US Embassy) carrying the American flag, are airlifted from the US Embassy rooftop helipad. Three hours later the Vietnam War finally ends when North Vietnamese tanks break into the Presidential Palace.

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