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LTC Robert E. Stromfors

Commanding Officer of the 720th Military Police Battalion
30 January 1970 to 30 July 1970 ~ Republic of South Vietnam



        On 30 January LTC Henry N. Henry, Jr. passed command of the Battalion to LTC Robert E. Stromfors who was reassigned from an assignment as Commandant, II Field Forces Headquarters (Long Binh Post). Prior to II Field Forces then MAJ Stromfors served as Provost Marshal with the 25th Infantry Division in 1967 where he earned to commendations, Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Service and the Army Commendation Medal for Valor.

       During his tour as commander the Battalion participated in: 18th MP Brigade OPLAN 2-69 "Switch," and 89th MP Group OPLAN 2-70 "Draw Down II." The 720th Expanded Operations Into IV Corps Tactical Zone. The 720th MP Battalion area of responsibility was increased to 65,000 square miles when the 188th MP Company and the 22nd Provost Marshals Detachment, were attached subordinate to the Battalion after their parent unit, the 92nd MP Battalion, was deactivated in Saigon.

       With the addition, the 720th’s strength was augmented by over 500 personnel from three newly assigned units. By 30 April the Battalion had detachments placed in 16 locations and new provost marshal responsibilities were assumed in Xuan Loc, Phu Loi, Lai Khe, Cu Chi, Vung Tau, III Corps Tactical Zone, and in Vinh Long, Can Tho, Tan An, My Tho, Dong Tau, and Soc Trang, IV Corps Tactical Zone; Major General Karl W. Gustafson, Provost Marshal General, United States Army conducted a theater wide tour including the Battalion; Operation OVERTAKE is reassigned to the 557th MP Company and 95th MP Battalion; Termination of Operation STABILIZE ending the Battalion infantry mission in the Tactical Area Of Responsibility.

On 30 July 1970 LTC Stromfors passed command to LTC Robert P. Schmitz.

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