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1973 ~ Battalion Time Line
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720th MP
At the start of the year Battalion HQ Detachment and its letter companies were headquartered subordinate to the 5th U.S. Army, III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas.

   The Battalion’s primary mission at Fort Hood, Texas was discipline, law and order, involving highway patrol, traffic control, money escorts, gate duty, and prisoner transports.

   During this time Fort Hood suffered from flooded roadways during the rainy season, May through June and in October. The Battalion MPs were dispatched to known problem areas and set up barricades, detours and defiles to aid the traffic flow.

   During the anti war and anti government counter culture movements of the 1960's and early 1970's, the anarchist and Marxist groups tagged law enforcement officers with the derogatory term of "pigs."

   To counter the counter culture label, many law enforcement officers tagged the acronym of PIG to mean pride, integrity and guts. So sometime after the Battalions reactivation in August 1972, the 410th MP Company decided to choose the "Razorback Pig" as its company logo.

Operation TEX-WASH-TEX

22 January Former President Lyndon Baynes Johnson, age 64 suffered a heart attack at his ranch just outside of Johnson City, Texas. At 4:33 P.M. central time, he was pronounced dead on arrival at San Antonio International Airport where he had been flown in a family plane on the way to Brooke Army Medical Center.

  The Battalion was assigned to the President's funeral security detail called Operation TEX-WASH-TEX (Texas-Wahington-Texas).

23 January President Richard M. Nixon announced (Peace with honor speech) the U.S. and North Vietnam reached an agreement to end the hostilities in Vietnam. The official cease fire is scheduled for 27 January.   < Click on radio tower icon.
23-24 January Services for President Johnson were held at the National City Christian Church in Washington, D.C. The President lay in state at the Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas with an honor guard comprised of eight MPs from the 401st MP Company, and was then taken to Washington where he laid in state at the Capitol rotunda.

   The President was buried in the Johnson Family Cemetery at his ranch in the afternoon of a cold and rainy day. The burial service was the first presidential burial to feature a eulogy, and the eulogies were delivered by former Texas Democratic governor John Connally, an LBJ protege and fellow Texan, and by the minister who officiated the services, Rev. Billy Graham. Anita Bryant closed the services by singing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," paying tribute to her friendship with the former president at his own request.

Photo Right: Luci Johnson Nugent (hands on son Patrick Lyndon's shoulders), Lady Bird Johnson, Lynda Johnson Robb, and Chuck Robb (holding daughter Lucinda) with other family members and friends. Photo by Frank Wolfe, courtesy of the LBJ Library.


25 January Elements of the Battalion's 401st, 411th and 410th MP Companies provided a discreet security detail on the grounds of the Johnson family ranch for the funeral of President Johnson, then deployed to Bergstrom Air Force Base in Austin, Texas as an alert force until the dignitaries and members of the Johnson family departed.

   During the troop transport on the Johnson Ranch, one of the Deuce-and-a-half trucks filled with MPs rolled over into the Perdenales River seriously injuring two members of the detail.

The President's Funeral Security Detail  SP/4 John M. Hyde, 401st MP Company.
The President's Funeral Security Detail  SSG Fred “Scooby” Stevens,401st MP Company.
The President's Funeral Security Detail  SGT Gerold "Gary" F. Glover,410th MP Company.
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Chasing The Stolen Tank  SGT Gerold  F. "Gary" Glover,410th MP Company.
   The Battalion changed from the 5th U.S. Army patch to the III Corps patch.
Miscellaneous Photographs
 SSG Fred "Scooby" Stevens, 401st MP Company on patrol.
 SP/4 Gerold F. "Gary" Glover, 410th MP Company outside his barracks.
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