~ 720th Military Police Battalion History Project ~
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The Battalion History Project and Your Unit
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Direct Any Questions To Tom Watson At This  Email Link or call (No Text Please) 864-378-5503 (EST)

     Regardless of your MOS, you hold the key to the personal details and information for your detachment, platoon, company and battalion timeline that is unavailable in the official governmental archives!

     Please take the time to open that old box, chest or scrap book and go through your personal records and memorabilia. Anything you can provide copies of is very important to recording and preserving your legacy of service and the history of your unit.

     All materials provided by the Battalion's Veteran's and utilized in this website are catalogued, digitized and will be sent to the Military Police Regimental History Unit for their archives so it can be used by future military historians.

    Remember it's your proud legacy of service to our country, help me insure it isn't lost to history.

    Thank you for your service and support, Thomas T. Watson, 720th MP Battalion History Project Manager & Webmaster.

~ Your Information Sources and How To Send Them ~

     The History Project will only accept materials directly related to the history and activities of the 720th Military Police Battalion and its personnel (all eras from 1942), its subordinate or affiliated units featured by Timelines on it's website from the Vietnam Era 1965 through 1973.

     Due to the numerous influx of materials to be processed, your strict adherence to these instructions would be greatly appreciated and will result in a quicker turn around time for posting your contributions on the web pages.

    I will accept original photographs or documents through the mail, however, due to the possibility of their getting damaged or lost (fortunately there has yet to be a problem), I would prefer you take the time to have the photographs digitized on a CD and the paper materials photocopied before mailing. If you can, scan all photographs as large as you can up to a minimum of 2,000 dpi. Avoid saving & sending photos or documents as PDF's.

     I have hundreds of articles already on file, to eliminate unneeded work for you, send me  a communication with the headline of the article before you devote any time or expense to copy and send it.

     If the expense of digitizing and/or mailing multiple items becomes an issue, please contact me via phone or the Email Link provided at the top of this page.

Civilian & Military Newspapers

    When sending in copies of articles, please remember to include, as best you can recall, the name of the newspaper and date, month or year it was published.

Local City, Town or County Newspapers
Base and Unit Newsletters or Newspapers
Stars and Stripes (Pacific & European Editions)
The Army Times
Armored Sentinel (Ft. Hood)
Fort Hood Sentinel
The Overseas Weekly, Pacific Edition
The Army Reporter
Sumida Sentinel (Tokyo)
The Signal (Ft. Gordon)
The 18th MP Brigade Roundup (Vietnam)
The MACV Observer (Vietnam)
The Delta Advisor (Vietnam)
The Griffen (89th MP Group, Vietnam)
Up Against The Wall News Bulletin (720th Vietnam)
Long Binh Post News (Vietnam)
Civilian & Military Police Corps Magazines

    When sending in copies of articles, please remember to include, as best you can recall, the name of the magazine and date, month or year it was published.

Any National or International Magazines
The Military Police Journal - 1966 to 1973
The Military Police Professional Bulletin - after 1973
Your Personal Stories And Reflections Of Events Or Incidents

    They are the best way to humanize your units history and are a very important part of allowing historians and website visitors to experience your emotional reactions to and views of your service during your tour.

    I you have any concerns about your story telling, writing or composition abilities, I will edit all submissions to insure that the posting will meet appropriate standards.

Excerpts From Personal Letters You Sent Home

     This is not a request for copies of your personal letters. I am only interested in the pertinent information relative to historical or social events.

     Personal letters were sent home by many of you during your tour(s) describing people, places, and events of interest that occurred to you or those around you. Some of the events or incidents may be found in official archives, others may not but are still very important in recording the history of your service and unit.

     They are also important because they were a first hand account of the official incidents and events, that were not filtered by military journalist, historians during the trip up the chain of command before making it into an official report. They may also contain personal reflections of historical events taking place, and details of non official events such as, birthday, promotional, holiday parties, etc. Your letters are also important in identifying or narrowing down the dates of events and incidents that would greatly assist the History Project in searching for any official archival reports. Your may also find some interesting items you dropped in the envelope to send home with the letter.

     Please take some time in reviewing your personal letters. If you discover any information of interest please contact me.

Awards, Orders, Assignments, Promotions, Commendations, Forms, etc.

     Official, General-Special-Unit or any other type of orders and certificates of achievement, letters of appreciation or commendation, or any forms utilized daily by the military police.

     The orders assist in gathering new names and dates of unit activity that may not appear on other official documents. This information is important to the unit timelines for listing special assignments, promotions, training, awards presented, reassignments, and in verifying dates of other activities, etc.

     You may send in orders with Social Security Numbers displayed, and I will excise them before adding them to the archive. If you prefer to do it yourself, please just blank out all but the last four numbers. The last four numbers assist me in eliminating confusion in the History Project Archives with common names. Please contact me for any questions.

Squad, Platoon, Detachment, Company or Battalion Rosters

     Before the modern computerization of the military, only two official rosters from each unit were catalogued by higher headquarters in the National Archives. At that time most unit clerks worked off of each days Morning Reports to track the status of all unit personnel.

    One official unit (company) roster was compiled by higher headquarters personnel sections at the end of the first and third quarters. In some instances not all the rosters can be found at the National Archives, and some are inaccurate and others of very poor quality.

     Daily or weekly Squad, Platoon and Detachment level Duty Rosters were not kept for archival purposes, so if you have any, please contact me.

Your Tour Photographs of People, Places, Events

     If you would like to contribute some of your tour photographs for posting on the website please follow these guidelines on which photographs to send, and how to send them.

     Look for photographs in these four categories. People ~ Places ~ Events ~ Things.

     People: Photographs of individuals and groups of people regardless of the events depicted. They may also be photographs of local people employed by your unit or that worked with you. They can also be squad, platoon, detachment or unit mascots. It doesn't matter if you recall their names, someone else might after they are posted.

     Places: Photographs of places that would be recognizable and identifiable by other members of your unit. Unit billets, buildings, duty locations, bridges, landmarks, rivers, check points, intersections, land features, etc. Something you or others viewing them can identify.

     Events: Photographs before-during-after; details, parties, battles, convoys, formations, construction projects, USO shows, unit or individual awards, other special squad, platoon, detachment or unit events.

     Things: Wheeled or tracked vehicles, trailers, ambulances, aircraft, weapons, boats, other special equipment used or carried by unit members or in and on unit vehicles.

     Do not send photographs of general scenery unless you can identify the specific scene or it has some direct relevance to some event or incident.

     How to identify them: Include in an Email message or written list identifying all people and their rank, (left to right, as best as you can recall), names of places, description of events occurring, day month year or as close as you can recall.

     If you have an interesting story on the photograph, send that along also.

     Credits: If you did not take the photograph but know who did, please identify the photographer so I can attach the proper credit of each photograph source. Include full name with any middle initial, rank at the time, unit, tour years.

     Please do not print and mail photographs from your PC. When I scan them for the website they become unsuitable for posting.

    If you have any questions, please contact me before sending them.

Miscellaneous Personal Memorabilia

     Memorabilia from from you tour(s) may be a treasure chest of interesting information to enlighten and assist the History Project viewers.

     Do you have any.... enemy or allied propaganda posters or leaflets; civilian anti war movement propaganda; official military forms like ticket books, trip tickets, accident reports, POW related forms, etc.; foreign holiday cards; standard operating procedures; health, safety & welfare bulletins; Mess Hall menus; memorial programs; unofficial unit patches; label's from foreign food products or other items that were popular; C Rations cans, boxes, bags, empty or still packaged.

     If you saved it from your tour it must have been for a good reason, tell me what it is.

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