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272nd Military Police Company

LINEAGE AND HONORS

The 272nd Military Police Company was constituted into the United States Army on 30 August 1944. It was activated in September 1944 and served in India until the close of WWII. The company was reactivated on 1 November 1953 in Germany and was inactivated on 1 June 1958. The company was reactivated on 1 June 1965 at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Shortly after the reactivation at Fort Knox, the 272nd Military Police Company was sent to Nha Trang, Vietnam. During the 1968 Tet offensive, Viet Cong Guerillas attacked the Roberts Compound, which was fearfully close to the First Field Force, Vietnam Commander General’s quarters. The Military Police repulsed this offensive killing 40 enemy soldiers while only losing two of their own. As a result of this action, the unit earned the distinctive unit designation of “Fighting Deuce”, which was awarded by the Secretary of the Army, Stanley R. Resor. The “Fighting Deuce” is a proud name that is still used by today’s Soldiers of the 272nd Military Police Company.  Upon redeploying in 1972 from Vietnam the company was deactivated and reassigned to Germany. The 272nd MP Company was reactivated in Manheim, Germany as part of the 95th Military Police Battalion. In July 2009 the 272nd Military Police Company deactivated in Germany and was reassigned to Fort Polk, LA. The 272nd Military Police Company deployed to the Balkans in support of Operations Joint Endeavor, Guard/Forge and Task Force Falcon. Platoons from the 272nd Military Police Company were deployed in Rijeka, Croatia in 2001 and 2002 in support of SFOR, to Camp Able Sentry, Macedonia in 2001 in support of the KFPR 3A/3B Transfer of Authority, joint operations with the 230th MP Company to Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo in support of KFOR 4A in 2002, to Incirlik, Turkey in support of OIF-1 in 2003 and to Constanza, Romania in support of KFOR 4B/5A. Additionally the company was deployed to Iraq in support of OIF-2 form 2004-2005, conducted joint operations with the 529th Military Police Company in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 2006-2007, and a platoon element deployed with 230th Military Police Company out of Kaiserslautern, Germany to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2009. The company relocated to Ft Polk, LA in June of 2009. From January 2011, the company deployed in support of Operation New Dawn.

CAMPAIGNS AND DECORATIONS
WWII
VIETNAM
OPERATION JOINT ENDEVOUR
OPERATION EDURING FREEDOM
OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM
OPERATION NEW DAWN
JOINT MERITORIOUS UNIT AWARD
ARMY VALOROUS UNIT AWARD
ARMY MERITORIOUS UNIT COMMENDATION (3 OAK LEAF CLUSTERS)

 

 

 

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