wanted to bring you up to date on what I have been learning. I ask that
you forward this to all on our list from 503rd/218th/22nd.
It has been a while. As for the latest, I located Ed Mitchell. He's
still kicking. He plans to have knee replacement surgery soon. Otherwise
he's doing OK.
I contacted our Exec Off at MP School (1st Lt Victor Driscoll) to find
out the location of the barracks for K-10-4 at Ft Gordon. No luck. He
cannot recall but sends his best to all. I'm still trying to contact
1st Sgt Booton from Ft Gordon. Can any of you recall the street location
of K-10-4? Ed recalls the Color TV in the dayroom at Company C. and
watching the first superbowl on it. Greenbay over Kansas City Royals
I've been trying to contact officers and NCOs from basic at Ft Knox,
but am having problems there too.
Sgt Crump and Sgt Kennard have died. But the son of Kennard will try
to look thru his fathers stuff and get back to me.
I learned that the location of the post Stockade at Bragg was on the
NE corner of Hamilton Street and Letterman Street.
I still need to learn the locations of the 22nd MP Platoon barracks.
My only guess is somewhere n of Butner Road.
Over the last weekend, I met with about 7 other guys from the 22nd MP
Plt. They all came to the 22nd around May of 67. But most of them were
RAs that inlisted and spent 3 years there. They agree with the above
location but are not certain. The 22nd was commanded by 2nd Lt
Ronald V. Varol. The 10th MP Bn was commanded by Major William C. Robbins.
The location of the Pink Palace is still up in the air. Some say
Boca Chica HWY, some say San Isidro HWy. but no one knows for sure.
Ed Mitchell has a book that proves by photo from the air of Pt Hiana
that Trujillos Yacht was docked there.
I need to know the model type and description of our MP 2-Way radios
in Dom Rep? All I recall are the pork-chop type microphones we used.
Can anyone help out on that?
Did anyone from the 503rd go to the Detroit Riots in July of 67?
I do know the 503rd went to DC for the Pentagon Riot in Oct of 67. Can
anyone tell me what they remember about the Pentagon duty?
As for who commanded the 218th and when, I have requested from National
Personnel records Center in St Louis, copies of the actual daily Morning
Reports for the 218th covering March thru September of 1966. That should
answer that for certain. But I might have to wait for 8 to 12 weeks
for a response.
I now have the before and after histories for the 218th MP Company,
and the 503rd MP Battalion. I'll see if I can make them available to
all as soon as I can. It seems that the 218th is still active today
in Bavaria in Southeast Germany. The 503rd served in Desert Shield and
I still need to know the size of our platoon tents in Dom Rep. I guess
about 18 X 42 feet in size. Does anyone know for certain if I am accurate?
John Osborne helped me about 10 years back with info about the Mess
Hall in Dom Rep. But I cannot contact him for further info. Can anyone
help me with this?
Sam Dixon was the barber in Dom Rep
Carl Hagemister was our lifeguard in Dom Rep.
On Sept 20, 1966, Lt Louis Silverhart was assigned as the C.O. for Co
C, of the 503rd upon his return from Dom Rep and remained at that post
until his ETS in July of 67.
One of the guys from the 22nd MP Platoon had a postcard showing Dots
Drive-in restaurant at 250 Bragg Blvd in Spring Lake NC. Tom Kranch
recalls foot-long hot dogs from there.
If anyone can recall anything that might interest us - let me know,
Oblinger is writing a book about the 503rd/218th/22nd. If you have any information please e-mail it
to Tom at: firstname.lastname@example.org