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LTC Ward B. Waits (Colonel Retired)

Commanding Officer of the 720th Military Police Battalion
30 June 1958 to June 1960 ~ Fort Hood, Texas


    LTC Waits received command of the Battalion from MAJ Virgil E. McKenzie on 30 June 1958, and passed command of the Battalion to LTC Harold K. Reynolds.

NOTE: Due to the discrepancy in his departure date there may have been an interim commander.

     COL Waits was reassigned as the Provost Marshal at Fort Bliss, Texas.


       A native of Greenville, Mississippi, LTC Waits graduated from Pickens High School, Pickens, Mississippi in 1929, and enlisted in the army in 1930. Commissioned in 1942, he served in Europe in World War II with the 3rd Armored Division, participating in five major Campaigns, including the Battle of the Bulge.

     A regular Army commission in 1947 brought reassignment to the Military Police Corps and duties as commander of the Military Police Customs Unit in Germany.

     Before his current assignment, the colonel served in the Provost Marshal Division, Headquarters, U.S. Army in Europe. He is a 1955 graduate of the Command and General Staff College and also graduated from the Military Police Advanced Course. Among the colonel’s decorations is the Bronze Star for Valor with two Oak Leaf Clusters.

    He resided with his wife, Helen, and children at Apartment 1, Friedman St. Wainright Heights, Fort Hood.

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