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LTC Chester H. Meek

Commanding Officer of the 720th Military Police Battalion
17 March 1947 to 3 November 1948, 5th Army, Occupied Japan

   LTC Meek received command of the Battalion from LTC Emory D. Middleton on 17 March 1947 in Tokyo, Japan.

   The Battalion assets were stationed in the Tokyo metropolitan area performing discipline, law and order duties. During his tour the Battalions operational plan was changed to assign each company mission specific responsibilities


   The new Constitution of Japan came into force. The Battalion HQ moved from L and 48th Streets to downtown Tokyo at Z and 20th Streets. The Commanding General of the United States Eighth Army authorized the temporary naming of the installation as "CAMP BURNESS," in honor of SGT Frederick A. Burness of B Company.

On 3 November 1948 he passed command to MAJ William C. Smith.

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