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1199th Military Police Company (photo taken 30 March 1944)
(Back L-R) Pfc Samuel "Tiny From", unknown,
Pfc Eugene E. Blackburn, unknown, unknown, unknown\
T/Sgt Robert "Buck" Fisher,
T5 James G. Anderson,
The first MPs at Molesworth, from October 1942 to January 1943, were assigned to Company "E", 156th Military Police under the command of Provost Marshall Lt Roland H. Ringsrud. After the Company "E", 156th MPs left, the responsibility of guarding the base and providing patrol and visitor control was assigned to the Provost Marshall Captain Frank M. Jones. Men from the various Bomb Squadrons served as military police and patrol and visitor control at the gates. In March 1944 the 1199th Military Police Company was organized, under the command of Provost Marshall Lt Francis R. Gorman, and trained military police specialists arrived at Molesworth. They took over the functions conducted by the previous Provost Marshall. Many of the men who had served as military policemen from the Bomb Squadrons were transferred out of Molesworth. S/Sgt Donald H. Woods (Woddie) was initially the acting First Sergeant. After T/Sgt Robert W. Fisher arrived, he took over as First Sergeant and Woodie became Provist Sergeant. In April 1945 the 1199th M.P. Company became part of the 425th Air Service Group and was assigned to the Headquarters and Base Service Squadron. Later many of the MPs were transferred with the 303rd to Africa.
The Military Policemen carried the M.O.S. 677 and their duties were endless. At Molesworth it was mostly guard duty at the gates, checking passes and vehicles in and out. There was a road that went through the base that was used by British civilians. The MPs would let them through at one gate and call the other gate to check that they got there. Molesworth MPs patrolled the small towns, pubs and dance halls, and on the base patrolled the base, checked the planes, gates and buildings. The night before D-Day there were MPs and squadron guards on all of the planes and MPs were at all interrogations and briefings. MPs also were on hand guarding all planes that crashed off base. The MPs had one motorcycle plus other personnel carriers and jeeps.
On Special occasions, such as the visit of high ranking officers, the Royal Family and the Russian VIPs, all gates and intersections were guarded and the MPs furnished highly efficient guards-or-honor, demonstrating just how military an American soldier can be, at the same time, furnishing real protection to the visitor. The low accident rate at Molesworth was directly attributed to the manner in which the Military Police enforced traffic regulations, and prevented absent-minded jeep drivers from wondering in front of taxiing or landing Fortresses.
A special honorary MP was an English Airedale dog named Jocko. Jocko was acquired by Military Policeman Paul O. Harman and served Molesworth during the entire stay of the 1199th MP Company.
[Researched by 303rdBGA Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]