Combat Police

U.S. Army Military Police in Vietnam

by Rick Young



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/3/2002

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 292
ISBN : 9781403363916

About the Book

In the early 1970's, the U.S. Army published a set of monographs on the Vietnam War entitled "Vietnam Study Series." This series covered most of the major aspects of the conflict from airmobile operations to financial management, but did not include the activities of the military police. Combat Police completes the series by presenting a systematic analysis of military police organization and operations during the Vietnam War. Included are extensive Tables of Organization and Equipment, Orders of Battle, maps, and detailed tables of unit locations, strengths, and operational commitments. There are also a handful of personal accounts which provide an individual military policeman's "foxhole" perspective," as well as actual news articles from The Roundup, an official newspaper of the military police serving in Vietnam. These articles provide insight into how the military police viewed itself in its efforts towards winning the "war with no strategy." Structured similarly to the Vietnam Study Series format, Combat Police demonstrates how, in the guerrilla war with No Frontlines, military policemen were often thrust into situations where they had to be combat soldiers first and policemen second—truly a combat police!

About the Author

Allen Richard (Rick) Young served in Vietnam during 1968-69 as a military policeman initially as sentry dog handler, and then as a machine gunner on a river patrol boat and a Boston whaler, and as a rifleman of a two-man short-range riverine reconnaissance team.

Rick received an Associate of Arts in pre-law political science from Pasadena City College; a Bachelor of Science in Investigative Criminal Justice from California State University at Los Angeles; and a Masters of Science in organizational leadership from Philadelphia Biblical University.

He had been employed in civilian Federal law enforcement since November 1973 in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C., as a postal police officer, postal inspector, and (senior) special agent. In November 1999 he retired.