Battalion Sergeants Major
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CSM Peter D. Pauli
Command Sergeant Major of the 720th Military Police Battalion
89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade
1970-1971 ~ Vietnam

     Based on the limited records currently available it has been verified that CSM Pauli served with the Battalion in 1970-1971.


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      In 1956 then SFC Peter D. Pauli of Madison, Wisconsin was assigned to the battalion as a new patrol supervisor. The German-born Pauli has the distinction of serving as a sergeant assigned to a U.S. Army Military Intelligence collection point in Germany when he freed his father from a political prisoner internment camp at the end of World War II.

     He had discovered his father among the minor Nazi officials being held by the U.S. Army. Released in the custody of his son, the former stonemason returned to his pre-war monument business. Born in Bavaria in 1926, Pauli was brought to the United States by his mother in 1937.

     Because he spoke German fluently, he served as an interpreter in the 69th Division’s order of battle section. After a tour of duty in the U.S., Pauli returned to Germany where he was stationed 120 miles from his birthplace. Pauli who had 13 years Army service at the time, was a former road survey expert with the Wisconsin Motor Vehicle Commission, he had been assigned to the military police branch for nine of his 13 years of service.

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