The History of the 630th Military Police Company in Vietnam
(1965 to 1972)
Reported as the Single Largest Military Police Company in
Republic of Vietnam
Spread Over Hundreds of Miles
Covering II Corps
Area of Operation (AO) :
Cam Ranh Bay, Phan Thiet,
Phan Rang, DaLat,
Ba Loc – Goodview Pass ( Ant Hill )
The 630th Military Police Company was reactivated on 25 June 1965 at Fort Riley, Kansas. Men were shipped from all Army posts in the area bring the company to full strength in a period of two weeks. On 23 August 1965 members of the reactivated company departed Fort Riley for Oakland, embarked on the U.S.S. General J.A. Breckenridge for the Republic of Vietnam.
The Company arrived at Cam Ranh Bay 15 September 1965 and immediately assumed their mission of harbor security. On 27 October 1965 the 630th MP Company reorganized under TO&E 19-57F (Escort Guard Company).
The mission was constantly changing ; primarily to the security of Cam Ranh Bay with supplementary missions of highway patrol and convoy escort duty. Included in the mission of security to Cam Ranh Bay was the duty of escorting distinguished visitors in the cam Ranh Bay area. The 630th MP Co. also processed Prisoners Of War (POWs) from the MR II South area of operations. A POW collection point was located in the rear of the company area to aid in quick processing of the POWs. The Company participated with the joint police forces of the area in in the role of counter-insurgency. Operations termed Reconnaissance Type Ambush were conducted in key areas around the Cam Ranh Bay peninsula.
December 1967 saw yet another mission added to the former missions, that of pier security and custom inspection. The Company began deploying small squads of men to outlaying areas in the II Corps South operational zone, thus providing further on the spot police support. June 1969 saw the receipt of the XM-701 Armored Car. Crews were trained and cross trained in all facets of the armored cars to assist them in their convoy escort missions. Convoys were escorted throughout the MR II to include a five day convoy into Cambodia. The MPs of the Company participated directly in action to counter enemy ground attacks through the II Corps Tactical Zone (South) by manning bunkers and providing ready reaction forces.
September 1970 saw the 630th MP Company participating in the first air mobile Military Police operation in Vietnam. Members of the 630th were utilized in th 97th MP Battalion Operation ADIOS (Air Detection and Identification of Speeders). Operation Lam San 719 saw members of the 1st platoon, 630th MP Company being relocated north to assist A Company 504th MP Battalion in providing traffic control on Highway QL-1 and Police support to Nha San and He. September 1971 saw another airlifting of Military Police from the 630th, this time to Whiskey Mountain. The MPs arrived, apprehending fourteen men who were armed and barricaded in a bunker. The individuals were quickly searched and escorted by Chinook helicopter to Long Binh Stockade.
October 1972 brought forth yet another similar operation; however, this was to Praline Mountain near DaLat. The Praline Mountain operation was prompted by two fragmentation grenade incidents on two consecutive nights. Numerous raids, at the request of the Deputy Post Commander, were conducted on units on the Cam Ranh Bay peninsula resulting in large quantities of confiscated contraband items. The troop cutbacks and the withdrawals affected the 630th Military Police Company resulting in the closing out of the outlying detachments, centralizing the company members once again in Cam Ranh Bay.
The members of the 630th Military Police Company were not only employed in fighting the enemy, members of the unit participated in numerous Civic Action programs. Two Military Policeman in the DaLat detachment spent their off duty-time teaching English to Vietnamese children in the Saint Merias School. The Christmas spirit was displayed by all members of the Company, donating toys and food to the Ba Ngoi Orphanage. During off-duty time the Military Policeman from the company built a playground for the orphanage using materials they gathered. Through its service in the Republic of Vietnam, the 630th Military Police Company and its members upheld the motto. “Of The Troops and Fort The Troops”.
25 June 1965
The 630th Military Police Company was reactivated at Fort Riley, Kansas (General Order #113), Headquarters, Fifth US Army; General Order #265, Headquarters, Fort Riley Kansas). To bring the company to its full strength of one hundred and thirty eight, men were shipped in from surrounding Army installations in the Fifth Army area and also from Fort Riley. In less than two weeks, the entire compliment of men and officers were together at Fort Riley.
15 August 1965
Moving Order #23 was published and sent to the 630th Headquarters. The men would be leaving Fort Riley on 23 August 1965, traveling by plane to Oakland, California and embarking on the U.S.S. General J.A. Breckenridge.
15 September 1965
The 630th Military Police Company was taken from the ship, transported to an inland area on Cam Ranh Bay and was ordered to make camp. Their mission became harbor security. Within twenty four hours after their arrival in Cam Ranh Bay, the company was completely operational with a compliment of men performing twenty four hour guard duty on the cargo ships anchored in the bay. Without any vehicles or equipment (except for MP duffel bags) the company became an efficient working force accomplishing their mission in the best Military Police tradition. As days passed into weeks, and the weeks into months, the company fell into the normal routine functions. Working with a detachment from A Company, 504th MP Battalion, the 630th took on additional responsibility of law and order for the entire Cam Ranh Bay area.
25 June 1966
The 97th Military Police Battalion Motto Take Charge was approved by the U.S. Army.
19 August 1966
The 218th Military Police Company arrives in Cam Ranh Bay to join the 97th MP Battalion. The arrival of the 218th MP Co. saw the 630th split duties with the 218th. The 218th became the primary convoy escort company. The 218th assumed most of the law enforcement duties on Cam Ranh Bay. The 630th continued to provide port security both on the land and water.
25 August 1966
The Department of the Army approves the 97th Battalion Distinguished Unit Insignia.
In the role of police counter-insurgency the company participated with the Air Police, United States Navy, and the Vietnamese National Police, in two raids on the Cam Ranh Division of the RMK-BRJ Corporation. The first in July 1966 resulted in 38 individuals whose identity could not be established. The second, in September 1966, resulted in 23 individuals.
26 September 1966
The 18th Military Police Brigade becomes operational. The Brigade takes control of all non divisional Military Police companies. The Brigade consists of two Military Police groups, with the 16th Military Police responsible for CTZs I & II and the 89th Military Police Group responsible for CTZs III & IV.
27 October 1966
Under a letter of instruction from the Commanding Officer, 18th Military Police Brigade to the Commanding Officer, 16th Military Police Group, ABVGC, HQ 18th Military Police Brigade, the 630th Military Police Company became operational under TO&E 19-57F (Escort Guard Company).
28 October 1966
The Company, well into it second year of service in Vietnam, had, as its primary mission, the security of Cam Ranh Bay. Supplementary mission had also been undertaken by the company to include highway patrol and convoy escort duty. The escort duty took members of the company over disputed highways to insure the timely and safe arrival of supplies to combat units in the II Corps area.
During the months of September, October, and November, 1966, the 630th participated in many operations best termed Reconnaissance Type Ambush. The nature of these operations lies in the disposition of six to twelve men in key areas around the Cam Ranh peninsula to determine possible routes of enemy infiltrators. Most valuable information was gained through these operations and it is believed that they have discouraged to large degree enemy sabotage at Cam Ranh Bay.
Pier security consists of controlled access to the pier, hatch guards to prevent pilferage, fantail guards, and the control tower. Located 50 meters out from pier 3, the Military Police Harbor Control Tower is net control for all fantail guards and controls the movement of Vietnamese tugs and junks that may approach the pier area. The final phase of harbor security consists of a two man patrol that roves the inner and outer harbor aboard an amphibious craft (LARC) covering all water approaches to the pier area.
2 December 1966
SP/4 Lee Joseph Boudreaux, Jr. was killed while performing duties as a door gunner on a combat mission in Laos with the 281st AHC.
From early December 1966 to late March 1967, the following convoys were escorted by the 630th: six to Tuy Hoa, one to DaLat and one to Bam Me Thout.
The 630th Military Police Company has provided security and escorts for numerous distinguished visitors and entertainers on the Cam Ranh Bay Peninsula during 1966. The list includes members of Congress, Top Military Officials, Military Contractors, Comedian Bob Hope, Primer Ky, Mr. Thien, Dean Rusk, Robert McNamara, and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
21 January 1967
Operational plans for the deployment of the 218th MP Co. to Nha Trang are developed. The plans are put on hold due to the tremendous work load of the Military Police in Can Ranh Bay.
26 January 1967
The 630th is joined in the 97th Military Police Battalion by the 218th Military Police Company, the 178th Military Police Detachment, D Company, 51st Infantry, D Company, 52nd Infantry and C Company, 54th Infantry.
9 February 1967
SP4 Donald J. Tuska and SP4 Henry B. Locke delivered a baby in the MP Gate Shack at the entrance to Cam Ranh Village.
11 February 1967
SP4 Charles D. Davis escorted singers Nancy Sinatra and Jimmy Boyd on a tour of the company area after breakfast in the Company Mess Hall.
1 March 1967
The 630th MP Company moves from tent city into newly constructed wooden barracks. The barracks are located East of the sand hill in the old company area.
20 April 1967
SGT Cecil Eugene Little died when his vehicle crashed in Khanh Hoa , RVN.
30 April 1967
Armor for the M151A1 is improved. The additional Armor and sandbags add 800 pounds to the already unstable vehicle.
12 May 1967
The 97th Military Police Battalion consists of the following units. the 630th Military Police Company, the 218th Military Police Company, the 178th Military Police Detachment, Detachment C of the 212 Military Police Company, Detachment J of the 212 Military Police Company, Detachment I of the 212 Military Police Company, D Company, 51st Infantry, and C Company, 54th Infantry. D Company 52nd Infantry was assigned to the 95th Military Police Battalion.
7 June 1967
Testing is begun on the V-100 armor vehicle by the 18th Military Police Brigade. After completion of the testing the first armor vehicles were delivered to the 716th Military Police Battalion.
16 June 1967
Cong Hoa Villa in DaLat is leased to serve as the home of the MP Detachment. The lease is for one year with five one year options.
Through the middle of 1967 the major missions of the 630th MP Company were security, POW escort, police counter- insurgency, and perimeter defense.
At this time the 630th was providing convoy security for convoys from Cam Ranh Bay to such places as Phan Rang, DaLat, Bao Loc, Ban Me Thout, Tuy Hoa, Qui Nhon, and Pleiku.
20 July 1967
The formal dedication of the 97th Military Police Compound as the Thompson Compound takes place. The compound is named in honor of Major Farley D. Thompson for his distinguished career as a Military Policeman.
From September 1965 to October 1967, the 630th MP Company maintained a highly trained 20 man alert force capable of tactical employment to any part of the Cam Ranh Bay peninsula and the nearby mainland within twenty minutes. During the month of January and February 1967 the alert force reacted to hostile fire upon MP Checkpoints Charlie and Delta, on QL 1. Although both times hostile forces broke contact prior to the alert force arrival, the 630th demonstrated its ability to deploy in a tactical situation when necessary.
2 November 1967
At approximately 2345 hours, Checkpoint Delta on QL 1 was hit by two rounds of enemy grenade and rocket fire, wounding SP4 John Horne and CPL Robert Senecal of the 630th MP Company. John Horne suffered shrapnel wounds of the buttocks. Quick reaction forces were summoned with no communications difficulty and the area was secured.
14 November 1967
The construction of all Billets in the Battalion compound are completed. All personnel are moved from tent city into the newly constructed billets.
22 November 1967
The construction of the Battalion Enlisted Men (EM) Club is completed. The opening is welcomed by all the Enlisted Men in the Battalion.
1 December 1967
Eleven men from the company moved to the 12th Security Police Squadron at Cam Ranh Air Base, to perform duty as Customs Inspectors in conjunction with, and under control of the Air Force. After a period of on the job training they merged into the Security Police Flights and have been performing the interesting and challenging type of duty since.
7 December 1967
The 981st Military Police Company (Sentry Dog) is assigned to the 97th Military Police Battalion.
16 December 1967
The two check points on QL 1 were consolidated into one checkpoint opposite the Dong Ba Thin Air Field entrance. This was designated as Checkpoint Charlie. A bunker was built by the company and the checkpoint is manned by members of the company, Vietnamese National Police, and ROK Military Police from the White Horse Division.
29 December 1967
The amphibious patrol on the South China Sea is terminated. The hatch guard post and the Harbor Tower duties are turned over to D Company, 51st Infantry.
The 630th Military Police Company has provided security and escorts for numerous distinguished visitors and entertainers on the Cam Ranh Bay Peninsula during 1967. The list includes members of Congress, Top Military Officials, Military Contractors, Comedian Bob Hope, Singers Nancy Sinatra and Jimmy Boyd, General Harold Johnson, Chief of Staff, Robert McNamara, and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
30 January 1968
The onset of the Lunar New Year TET and a cease fire for the holidays. The enemy did not honor the cease fire and launched an offensive attack with the heaviest enemy attacks taking place in I and II CTZ. In the Southern region of II CTZ the heaviest attacks occurred in Nha Trang, Ban Me Thout, Quin Nhon, and Tuy Hoa.
At 0335 hrs, MP DO 1st Lt. Davis informed Headquarters 97th MP Battalion that Dong Ba Thin Helicopter Field was under mortar attack. Checkpoint Charlie is reinforced by two men and one machine gun. 0930, Capt. Garner (CO,218th MP Co.) notified the Battalion S-2/S-3 office that he had received a call from Capt. Hadlock (CO A Co, 504 MP Bn.) who stated they needed more ammunition in Nha Trang. Major McDonnell, S-3 16th MP Group directed the Battalion S-2/S-3 office to have the 218th MP Co. to assemble one platoon with combat equipment for movement to Nha Trang ASAP. 1030 The ammunition for CO A/504 MPs had departed by helicopter to Nha Trang. 1035 1st Sgt Ballard (981st MP Co.) notified the S-2/S-3 office that the detachment in Ban Me Thout was running low on Ammunition. Due to the shift of troops to Nha Trang, all posts and patrols are frozen. 1900, entrance for all Vietnamese is closed to AF area. POW indicate todayâs attacks are a prelude to heavier attacks to come.
31 January 1968
At 0210 hrs. 1st SGT Reasons, 218th MP Co., notified the SDNCO that PFC Raymount Carpenter, 218th MP Co., had been wounded in the Duitan Hotel in Nha Trang. 0628, Major Flood placed a call requesting concussion grenades for the boat patrols. 1300 Major Waters, DPM II CTZ South, requested the Battalion to send 3 gun jeeps with 3 men each heavily armed for a period of 48 hours to work the roadblocks on QL 1. 1950, Convoy for 1 February 1968 is off. At approximately 2215 hours a ROK convoy was ambushed along QL 1, vicinity CP 040283. Dong Ba Thin is under mortar attack.
31 January 1968 through 8 February 1968
The 630th MP Co and the 97th MP Battalion engaged in combat with the enemy for nine days. There were damages to ships in Cam Ranh Harbor. The Military Police Billets in DaLat were destroyed. The City of Nha Trang and 218th MP Co. had street fighting for several days after 31 January 1968. The impact of this offensive on the American public was immense. The press reports stressed that the NVA/VC had achieved a strategic Victory over the U. S. and its allies. When in retrospect it was a tactical defeat, with eradication of nearly 70% of the NVA/VC cadre in the South. The immediate aftermath, however the public option polls reflected that the American Public had turned sharply against supporting a continuation of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s effort in Vietnam.
Can Ranh Bay
30 January 1968
At 0230 hours, information was receive that the air base at Dong Ba Thin was under mortar attack. All posts operating on the mainland were reinforced with additional personnel and automatic weapons. At 0530 hours the 97th MP Battalion Headquarters was notified that there was fighting in Nha Trang and throughout major cities of South Vietnam. A request for additional ammunition was received from CPT. Hadlock, CO A, 504th MP Bn. At 0930 hours. At 0945 hours MAJ MacDonnell (S-3, 16th MP Gp) notified the HHD 97th MP Bn. To have the 218th MP Co. assemble one platoon with combat equipment for movement to Nha Trang, on order of Commanding Officer, 16th MP Gp. LT Blankenship (CO 218th MP Co.) and one platoon of 218th MP Co. was airlifted in serial to Nha Trang with additional ammunition requested by Co. A 504th MP Bn. At 1700 hours HHD 97th MP Bn. Received a report from DaLat that all was quiet. At 0500 hours 31 January 1968 a reported squad of VC had landed at Cam Ranh Bay and was occupying caves near Alaska Barge and Transpot Co. A platoon of Infantry and MPâs were dispatched under the command of LT Cook D/51st Infantry. A twelve hour search of the area met with negative results. At 1300 hours three armored jeeps were dispatched to CamRanh City to operate road blocks with National Police and ARVN Forces.
3 February 1968
In the early morning the Military Police security guard at the transformer site spotted a swimmer coming ashore near his post. The swimmer disappeared into a rocky grove, and a search of the area met negative results.
At 0330 hours SP4 Kever, DaLat Detachment notified the Battalion that the Dalat Detachment was under attack from heavy automatic weapons fire and that they had notified MACV.
On 3 February 1968 a request was received from the MP Detachment in DaLat and from 16th MP Gp., in Nha Trang for ammunition â 10,000 rounds 7.26 and 300 rounds 40mm were sent to DaLat; 24,00 rounds 7.62 link, 44,000 rounds 7.62, 720 rounds 40mm, 200 M-26 grenades, and 360 White Star Clusters were sent to Nha Trang. At 1700 hours 3 February 1968, HD 97th MP Bn. received a request from the Mayor of Cam Ranh Village for four two man patrols to work with National Police. The Battalion was able to provide two of the patrols requested.
4 February 1968
Two men and 10,000 rounds 7.62 were sent to DaLat to replace casualties and supplies lost or expended by the squad in DaLat.
29 January 1968
At approximately 1400 hours information was received from intelligence sources that a large enemy force was expected to move on the City of Nha Trang later that night. This information was apparently received from a reliable source in or near the City Nha Trang. During the afternoon and evening of 29 January 1968, elements of the enemy force apparently infiltrated into the City, but no action was observed through 2400 hours that day. At approximately 0100 hours 30 January 1968, the central Canh Sat headquarters located in Canh Sat Circle in downtown Nha Trang was taken under fire by an undetermined number of enemies. During this fire fight, two MP patrols consisting of eight men on regular patrol went to assistance of the Canh Sats and at the completion of the fire fight, three enemy were known dead and an undetermined number had escaped the scene. From this point until approximately 0400 hours, numerous sniping incidents took place throughout the city, mainly centered in or around the train depot, main bus station, and at severalconvents throughout Nha Trang. During the period of these sporadic incidents, a large enemy force consistinf of thirty to forty NVA and Viet Cong made a major attack on Roberts Compound and the compound of the 272nd MP Company across the street from Roberts Compound. From 0245 hours until 0730 hours the 272nd MP Co. was able to hold off the enemy without assistance. After receiving several casualties, the unit was subsequently pinned down behind a concrete wall at the front of the compound by fire from the enemy located in a house across the street. Part of the enemy force was successful in infiltrating the compound. Assistance was called for, to repel the enemy and was answered by members of the 504th MP BN> Co. A, and 218th MP Co. personnel who were at that time scatter throughout the city. On arrival of supporting units, the enemyâs location was taken under fire. Supporting units arrived at approzimately0800 hours, and at approximately 1030 hours, after a heavy fire fight, the enemy force was silenced. Observation showed eighteen enemy had been killed, five wounded, and seven taken prisoner. Several small arms, grenades, automatic weapons, and satchel charges were confiscated. Almost immediately after leaving the scene of this incident a call was received that the Canh Sat headquarters had again ben taken under fire by enemy forces. Three MP patrols consisting of twelve men answered the call for assistance, and upon arrival at the scene, gave assistance in the fire fight which resulted in three enemy killed
30 January 1968
At approximately 1230 hours a platoon of Military Police from the 218th MP Co., Cam Ranh Bay, arrived on orders from the 16th MP Gp., to reinforce the MP units already in Nha Trang. This platoon was met at the air base and given transportation to Camp McDermott, at which time they were billeted in the transient barracks operated by the 54th Supply Company. For the remainder of the day until 1800 hours sporadic sniper fire was reported throughout the city, and was responded to by various MP units.
At 1800 hours 30 January 1968, 20 personnel from the 2nd platoon, 218th MP Co., were sent to the PMO to provide security. An additional 10 personnel were sent to the King Duy Tan Hotel as security. At approximately 0100 hours 31 January 1968, the personnel at the King Duy Tan Hotel came under fire from an unknown sized enemy force located in a convent adjacent to the hotel. At the same time additional enemy fire was received from the beach on the opposite side of the road. The enemy force was taken under fire, but no determination could be made as to enemy casualties. During the fire fight, one MP was wounded and evacuated to the 8th Field Hospital, Nha Trang, by ambulance. For the remaining hours of darkness both the PMO and the King Duy Tan Hotel received sporadic sniper fire which was returned when possible. No further casualties were sustained by friendly forces. Enemy casualties were unknown. At approximately 0600 13 January 1968 SARVN were moved into the city to establish martial alw. MP units in Nha Trang continue the responsibility of safeguarding the PMO, King Duy Tan Hotel, and other compounds occupied by US Forces.
30 January 1968
At approximately 0130 hours, Military Policemen heard gun fire coming from the rear of their villa. All personnel assumed defensive positions and at 0200 hours they were attacked by an estimated company of Viet Cong. SGT Corser, NCOIC of the detachment, called MACV to advise them they were under attack. He was informed that no assistance was available. Military Policemen continued to hold off the Viet Cong advance from 0200 hours until 0630 hours when SGT Corser made a net radio call for assistance. At 0730 hours a reaction force from the 362nd Signal Company and assisted the Military Police in the evacuation of the villa. During the five hour fire fight the Military Police were subject to automatic weapons fire and rocket fire. One rocket round hit the second floor bathroom, resulting in three men wounded (two men form the 218th MP Co. and one man from the 981st MP Co. (SD).
After evacuating their wounded, the Military Police provided security for the US Army Dispensary at DaLat and escorted ambulances from the dispensary to the helipad near the 362nd Signal Company.
It was while escorting an ambulance the SGT Corser was wounded on 5 February 1968. Estimated enemy casualties inflicted by DaLat Military Police Detachment: 40 enemy KIA, unknown enemy WIA.
Another target of the TET Offensive of 1968 was Dalat. It was probably the scene of the heaviest fighting outside the Saigon area. Early in the morning on 31 January 1968 large size enemy forces began to attack Dalat. The Viet Cong soon controlled all the roads into the town. The MP Villa was demolished by mortar and rocket fire. Two MP were wounded and communications were lost within the city. A military reaction force extracted the MP from their villa. As heavy mortar fire continued in the city, MP who had relocated in a medical villa came under ground attack. On 3 February 1968, the MP personnel who had been driven from the villa returned to retrieve items of equipment. They were able to recover vehicles, radios, and records which they had abandoned during the initial attack. Again, they received a small arms attack but sustained no additional casualties. As the remaining activity in the area began to center on the Dalat airfield, the MP in the area responded to the crisis by providing reinforcements to friendly forces at that location. As fierce fighting continued on 3 February, the city of Dalat became the only critical area in the II Corps tactical zone. With the airfield under Viet Cong control, the local defending elements, particularly the MP, began to run low on ammunition. Ammunition resupply was completed by air. With an enemy battalion believed still to be in the city on 5 February 1968, additional MP replacements were flown into Dalat. Viet Cong elements continued to hold two strong points in the city until 9 February when they finally were forced to withdraw.
For the period ending 31 January 1968 the 630th MP Co. escorted 67 convoys averaging 297 km per convoy.
17 to 23 February 1968 and 15 to 23 March 1968
The 630th MP Co. furnished five armored quarter ton trucks and 15 men to assist convoys in the resupplying of Ban Me Thout. These convoys were combined ventures held in conjunction with the opening of QL 21 by ROK and ARVN Forces.
29 February 1968
The 630th Military Police Company assumed the responsibility to furnish one squad of Military Police at DaLat to replace the squad of the 218th Military Police Company which was withdrawn.
8 March 1068
LTC William C. DeLapp III, Battalion Commander/Provost Marshal, II CTZ was killed in Phu Hiep, while on an inspection tour in his capacity as Provost Marshal, II CTZ South. LTC DeLapp was observing 81mm mortar fire directed at suspected enemy elements by the 5/27th Artillery, Phu Hiep. Three rounds were fired, one illuminating round and .two rounds to settle the base plate of the mortar. The third round landed 520 meters short of the target area, striking near the vicinity of LTC DeLapp, LTC House (5/27th arty), and CW Bogucki (5/27th arty). LTC Delapp was pronounced dead at the 91st Evac Hospital (SMBC), Tuy Hoa, as a result of shrapnel wounds to the neck.
4 April 1968
SP/4 Alfred Bennett Cafrelli died when his vehicle crashed in Khanh Hoa, RVN.
17 April 1968
The 630th Military Police Company provided an additional four MPs and two vehicles for security at the opening of the My Ca Bridge.
For the period ending 3o April 1968 the 630th MP Co. escorted 85 convoys averaging 318 kmâs per convoy.
1 May 1968
The 630th Military Police Company had on its roster two professional athletes. SGT Paul K Grasso, Jr. a quarterback with the New York Giants and SP/4 Jackie Price a pitcher in the Saint Louis Cardinals organization (AA ball).
16 May 1968
Convoy support was provided to a special convoy to Phan Thiet. Convoy was escorted to Phan Thiet carrying cargo. Cargo was off loaded at Phan Thiet and troops of 101st Airborne Division. utilized trucks for land movement to Song Mao where a search and destroy mission was conducted The 630th MP Co. provided 4 jeeps for the escort. The convoy drew sniper fire at various points along the route, but no heavy enemy activity was encountered by the escort during the mission.
The 630th Military Police Company becomes a Corps-Level Company TO&E 19-37F to accommodate the change in the missions of the Company.
For the period ending 31 July 1968 the 630th MP Co. escorted 72 convoys averaging 282 kmâs per convoy.
9 August 1968
1st SG Edward F. Smith was involved in a traffic accident at 2200 hours. 1st SG Smith was admitted to the 12th AF General Hospital with lacerations of the forehead and a fracture of the right leg. He was later Medevaced to Japan.
28 August 1968
SIR report from 630th MP detachment in DaLat. Enemy action reported at 2115 hours. Several incoming small arms rounds and sporadic automatic weapons fire received.
28-29 August 1968
The 630th MP Co. deployed six MPs to Long Binh to participate in the change of command for the 18th Military Police Bridgade. In the early morning hours of 29 August 1968, the MPâs were alerted to respond to an uprising at the Long Binh Jail. The Military Police were part of the initial reaction force and remained on duty at LBJ until reinforcements arrived. The uprising had left 63 MPs and 52 inmates injured and one fatality to an inmate. Among those on the detail led by SGT Johnnie C. Lockett was PFC Andrew Bain.
4 September 1968
Phan Rang patrol reported it was forced off QL1 by a 2 1/2 ton truck.
7 September 1968
Myca Bridge checkpoint reports sniper fire. Detail returned fire and searched area with negative results. The detail was reinforced by the highway patrolâs for the remainder of the night.
12 September 1968
Under General Order Number 4349 the 630th Military Police Company, along with the 97th MP Battalion and its assigned units, were awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation by Department of the Army, Headquarters, USARV, APO San Francisco 96375.
16-23 September 1968
The 97th Battalion, having received the mission of providing MP support to the 458th Transportation Company (PBR), conducted training classes for MPs. The purpose of the training was to orientate Military Police on the mission of the Patrol Boat River, to include such subjects as patrolling and escort, weapons safety, water and boat safety, weapons training, and PBT tactics.
23 September 1968
Two MP jeeps of the 630th receive sniper fire while investigating a traffic accident on QL1 North of Ba Ngoi. The accident involved a USA 5 ton truck and Vietnamese Lambretta. PFC Andrew Bain returned fire as the persons involved in the accident were evacuated to the ROK compound and the 630th was alerted. Results of a search were negative.
25 October 1968
A squad from the 630th was deployed to Ban Me Thout for the purpose of operating a sub area PM detachment in direct support of the PM of Cam Ranh Bay.
For the period ending 31 October 1968 the 630th MP Co. escorted 52 convoys averaging 359 kmâs per convoy.
Two MPs of the 630th MP Co. were awarded the Soldierâs Medal for risking their lives in torrents of water to save two Vietnamese civilians. SSG Garry K. Moss and SP4 Larry Fedor plunged into storm-swollen rapids to rescue an elderly women and a child who had fallen into the water. The patrolman treated them for shock after they pulled the couple to safety.
As in the past, the unit continued to provide nearby orphanages with excess food and items confiscated at labor checkpoints. A large collection of food and useful items contributed be members of the unit were delivered to an orphanage as gifts during the Christmas Holidays. Three parties were given for Vietnamese children during the Christmas season. The mother of a 630th MP Co. enlisted man contributed thirty packages of clothing and toys to the Sao Mai Orphanage at Ba Ngoi. The members of the 630th contributed candy and ice cream for the party.
For the period ending 31 January 1969 the 630th MP Co. escorted 43 convoys averaging 429 kmâs per convoy.
1 March 1969
One officer and 24 enlisted men of the 630th arrive in Phan Thiet to assume a combat support mission in support of 3/506th Infantry, 101st Airborne Division and set up a sub-area PM detachment in direct support of the PM, Cam Ranh Bay.
6 March 1969
The twelve man squad located in Ban Me Thout was assigned from the 630th MP Co. to the 218th MP Co.
10 April 1969
The 630th MP detachment at Phan Thiet begins operating a PW collecting point (facility) near LZ Betty. They also constructed billets to enable them to move from tents to a more comfortable.
10 June 1969
A ceremony for the opening of the $480,000 checkpoint facility at Cam Ranh Bay was conducted. The checkpoint processes approximately 3,000 civilian and military vehicles and 7,000 local national daily.
21 June 1969
Upon receipt of the first XM-706 Armored Cars (V-100), a program of crew training was initiated. This training consisted of driving, gunnery, and crew drill with emphasis on the cross training of all crew members.
6 July 1969
A ceremony was conducted for the opening of the Allied Police Station at the My Ca checkpoint, Cam Ranh Bay, RVN. The station will serve as a joint headquarters for Allied Police forces in the Cam Ranh Bay Area.
1 May through 31 July 1969
The 630th Military Police escorted 54 long distance convoys and handled a total of one hundred and thirty seven POWâs.
11 August 1969
0100 hours. A barrage of 107mm rockets streaked upward on the mainland, arced across the bay and slammed into the Air Base. At the same time a small group of NVA/VC sappers cut through fence at the North end of the 6th Convalescent Center and raced through the compound, flinging satchel charges as they went. In all, the sappers hit 19 of 94 buildings in the compound. Four of the buildings – one occupied patient ward, one patient and staff officersâ quarters and a latrine â were burned to the ground. The toll on military personnel was tremendous. Ninety eight were wounded, some seriously. One man sleeping within 10 feet of the spot where a satchel charge exploded died instantly. Another died on the way to the 12th USAF Hospital for treatment. All patients of the center were unarmed at the time of the attack.
23â26 September 1969
Elements of the Battalion responded to a request for assistance from the CO, Cam Ranh Bay SUPCOM to quell a disturbance that involved 70-75 military personnel. The ring leaders were apprehended and escorted to the Long Binh Stockade and other personnel were apprehended and transferred to other stations in RVN.
10 October 1969
The third platoon of the 218th MP Co. was attached to the 630th MP Co. at Cam Ranh Bay.
1 August 1969 through 31 October 1969
The 630th Military Police escorted over four hundred convoys and a total of 44 POWâs were processed.
30 November 1969
A Military Police liaison team, composed of one Sgt E-5 and twp Sp4âs was established at Phan Rang.
12-13 December 1969
The 630th Military Police Company provided security for the Vietnam Military Academyâs first graduation ceremony and VIP security escort for Ambassador Bunker, General Abrams, LTG Cocharn, President Thieu, and Vice President Ky.
22-23 December 1969
Elements of the Battalion were dispatched to Cam Ranh Village, RVN to protect the local populace against lawlessness and indiscriminate gun fire at the hands of several AWOL military personnel. All personnel involved were apprehended, two of which were wounded.
28 January 1970
Seventeen additional enlisted men and four V-100 Armor Cars were assigned to the 630th MP Co. from the 218th MP Co. for the purpose of centralizing vehicles, personnel, maintenance, etc, for convoy escorts.
During the period of 1 November 1969 to 31 January 1970, the 630th Military Police escorted fifteen convoys to DaLat, 45 to Ban Me Thout, nine to Bao Loc, one to Kahn Duong, two to Don Duong, one to Phu Heip, and 598 short hauls in the Phan Thiet area. Forty one POWâS were processed.
1 February 1970
The Phan Rang detachment was boosted to strength of 11 men and additional equipment.
15 February 1970
Construction was begun to build a permanent MP station on the grounds of the RVN National Police Station in Phan Rang.
16 March 1970
SGT Danny Myrick, SP4 Dennis Armstrong, and SP4 Thomas Gura, while returning from Song Mao on convoy ran over a 105 mm mortar shell (command detonated) with their V-100. All sustained minor injuries and the vehicle was a combat loss.
23 March 1970
PFC Bradley Gustafson, SP4 Raymond Ott, and SP4 Joseph Brita, while on patrol in Phan Rang, were enroute to a traffic accident when they were run off the road by an ARVN 2 1/2 ton truck causing them to turn over and roll. SP4 Ott was killed immediately, PFC Gustafson was paralyzed from the waist down, and SP4 Brita suffered a broken leg and a concussion.
31 March 1970
Military Police from the 630th MP Co. escorted the first of a series of convoys which will result in the relocation of the 815th Engineer Battalion from their present base camp near Kontuum in northern II CTZ to a new location at Di-Linh in southern II CTZ.
31 March-1 April 1970
Military Police of the 630th participated directly in actions to counter enemy ground and stand-off fire attacks against installations throughout II Corps Tactical Zone (South). At Cam Ranh Bay, where three POL storage tanks were destroyed by sappers, Military Police personnel participated in a search for the sapper team and provide initial security for the area immediately after the attack occurred. Additional MP patrols were deployed to maintain surveillance. At Phan Rang the MP barracks and temporary MP station was destroyed by 107 mm rocket. There were no causalities to MP personnel. Military Police Station operations were immediately resumed in another building in the area.
10 to 15 April 1970
Cam Ranh Bay Command conducted a onetime convoy from Cam Ranh Bay to Bu Prang, near the Cambodian border. This five day convoy was supported by twelve Military Policemen and three XM-706 Armored Cars (V-100) from the 630th MP Company. The convoy covered over 400 kilometers, one way. The portions of QL 14 and LTL 686 from Duc Lap, through Gia Nghia, to Bu Prang were not considered to be secure roads and the highway from Nhon Co to Bu Prang had not been transverse by an organized friendly convoy since early 1966. The convoy was considered a critical combat essential mission in that it transported necessary bulk building materials for the construction of a Special Forces Camp astride an infiltration route on the Cambodian Border near Bu Prang. The convoy was completed without incident.
18 April 1970
At approximately 1200 hours an MP patrol in Phan Rang drove by Nui Ca Dui Mountain and was ambushed. The men of the patrol returned fire and drove off the VC. The vehicle was struck by a M79 round and had to be towed away. SGT T.J. Turnbull received a bullet wound in the right ankle and was medevacced.
During the period 1 February 1970 to 30 April 1970, the 630th had twenty five patrols daily on the road, seventeen in Can Ranh, two in DaLat, three in Phan Thiet, and three in Phan Rang. During the same period the 630th escorted fifteen convoys to DaLat, nineteen to Ban Me Thout, nine to Song Mao, eleven to Bao Loc, on to Kanh Duong, ninety two to Phan Rang, eighty nine to Nha Trang, and 262 in the local Phan Thiet area. Five POWâs were processed during the same time period
3 June 1970
At approximately 1030 hours the lead V-100 armor car of a convoy returning from Bao Loc came under enemy sniper fire 25 miles North of Bao Loc. The crew returned fire and the ambush was aborted. SP4 Douglas Miller received a minor head wound from shrapnel an A/Sgt Dennis Armstrong received minor chest and head wounds from shrapnel.
12 June 1970
A team of NVA Sappers using My Ca village as cover attack the Naval Air Facility located East of village. The 630th Military Police Company responded to assist with the securing o the facility.SP4 Bob Sudol, driver and SGT Michael J. Cundiff, the Patrol Supervisor, whose jeep was destroyed by a B-40 rocket. The 630th MP Co. captured 2 of the sappers who were turned over to S-3 for questioning.
16 July 1970
A combined traffic control point was established at the Goodview Pass on QL 11 to enforce the approved road schedule established by the USARV highway traffic center in order to facilitate road construction being carried out in the area
16 July 1970
A combined Police Station was officially opened adjacent to the National Police station in Phan Rang. The station was constructed over a two month period by the National Police with building materials furnished by the Vietnamese Government. The station is opened from 0700 hours to 1900 hours daily by members of the 630th Military Police Companyâs Phan Rang detachment.
11 September 1970
Personnel of the 630th Military Police Company carried out the first airmobile Military Police operation in Vietnam. The Military Police were airlifted from Cam Ranh Bay to Phan Thiet and accomplished saturation patrolling stressing selective law enforcement.
9 October 1970
The 97th Military Police Battalion ADIOS (Air Detection and Identification of Speeders) program was initiated, employing personnel from the 630th Military Police Company. Two members of the company utilized a helicopter to assist in detecting speeders and other violators and radio necessary information to chase vehicles on the ground.
During the period 15 November 1970 to 15 December 1970 the 630th Military Police Companyâs Phan Thiet Detachment was gradually reduced from a twelve man detachment to a two man stand-by force as a result of troop withdrawals in that area.
29 January 1971
One platoon from the 630th MP Company, deployed North by air to MR I to perform missions in conjunction with Operation Lem Son 719. The First Platoon of the 630th was deployed to Phu Bui is support of A Company, 504th MP Battalion. The primary mission was escorting convoys from Lanico Bridge on QL 1 North to the An Le Bridge north of HUE, providing traffic control points along QL 1 and patrolling road 551 from Tan My Island LST Ramp into the City of Hue. In mid March the platoon sent four individuals to Tan My Island LST Ramp to operate discipline, law and order patrols in the ramp area, and escort convoys leaving the ramp.
24 March 1971
Six personnel were deployed from the first platoon to Khe Sanh to form a DLO team on a fire base there.
During the month of March 1971 the 630th MP Company provided small amounts of sheet metal, pipe and planks as well as the work force to build a playground for the Ba Ngoi Orphanage.
1 April 1971
The Military Police detachment from the 630th at Phan Rang was relocated to the Phan Rang AFB, where the largest number of Army personnel were located and now operate joint patrols with the Air Force personnel as well as combined patrols with QCâs and Canh Sats out of the combined station in Phan Rang. Thus, providing a better means of coordinating police activity throughout the area.
25 September 1971
Fifteen Military Policemen from the 630th were deployed south by air to Whiskey Mountain to assist Task Force Whiskey personnel in apprehending fourteen males who were armed and barricaded in a bunker. Prior to the arrival of the Military Police, a homemade explosive device was detonated in the rear of the bunker after which all of the fourteen personnel walked to the dispensary for treatment. The Military Police Reaction Force arrived upon the scene and placed all fourteen individuals under apprehension and searched them. The individuals were escorted by the Military Police by air (Chinook Helicopter) to the Long Binh Stockade. The operation was completed on 26 September 1971 when the reaction force returned to Cam Ranh.
10 October 1971
The 127th Military Police Company was reassigned from 93rd MP Battalion, Quin Nhon, to the 97th MP Battalion Cam Ranh Bay.
27 October 1971
A Military Police Strike Force consisting of sixteen Military Police from the 630th were airlifted to Praline Mountain Signal site near DaLat. This was prompted by two fragmentation grenade incidents on consecutive nights. The Military Police Strike Force assisted the Unit Commander in conducting âHealth and Welfareâ inspections confiscating large quantities of contraband items. A residual force of six MPs remained at Praline Mountain for three additional days until the unit was able to handle the situation.
30 November 1971
The four man detachment from the 630th MP Company that operated the defile at Goodview Pass, assisting the engineers in traffic control for road paving operations returned to Cam Ranh Bay.
28 December 1971
The nine man Military Police Detachment from the 630th MP Company in Phan Rang was closed and the men returned to Cam Ranh Bay.
During the period August 1971 to December 1971 numerous raids were conducted on units in Cam Ranh Bay in search of contraband items and unauthorized females in the area. More than seven hundred convoys were escorted by members of the convoy platoon throughout the MR II s South area of operations.
11 January 1972
The two man stand by force from the 630th MP Company in Phan Thiet was closed and the men returned to Cam Ranh Bay.
19 January 1972
The seven man detachment from the 630th MP Company was closed out and the men returned to Cam Ranh Bay.
17 April 1972
The 630th Military Police Company is inactivated in Vietnam.
30 March 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 the US Army.
25 February 1974
By direction of the Secretary of the Army, General Order 6 the 630th Military Police Company is awarded the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, with palm for service from 29 September 1966 to 28 March 1973.
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