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14th Military Police Battalion
518th Military Police Battalion
518 MPBN
518th Military Police Battalion Coat of Arms.png
Coat of arms of the Battalion
Active 1927—1946
1947—1948
1966—1972
Country United States
Branch

 United States Army

Type Military Police
Role Military Policing and Garrison Duties
Size Battalion
Garrison/HQ Fort Hood, Texas
Engagements World War II
Insignia
Identification
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518th Military Police Battalion Insignia.png

The 518th Military Police Battalion was a former military police battalion of the United States Army that participated in World War II and was later disbanded following the end of the Vietnam War.

Lineage[]

  • Constituted 18 October 1927 in the Regular Army as the 14th Military Police Battalion
  • Activated 1 May 1947 in the Philippine Islands as the 518th Military Police Battalion (Philippine Scouts)
    • Inactivated 5 June 1948 in the Philippine Islands
    • Re-designated 4 October 1966 as the 518th Military Police Battalion
  • Activated 14 October 1966 at Fort Hood, Texas (Companies A, B, and C inactivated 1 November 1970 at Fort Hood, Texas)
    • Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment inactivated 31 August 1972 at Fort Hood, Texas

Honors[]

Campaign Participation Credit

Decorations

Heraldic Items[]

Coat of Arms

  • Shield: Per saltire vert and checky or and sable, on a chief of second five pallets, the centre one flory between four fitchy in chief issuant from a bar couped of the first
  • Crest: On a wreath of the colours, or and vert, issuant to dexter from the portal of a tower sable a dragon on the first.
  • Motto: Honour, Service, Support.
  • Symbolism: Green and yellow are the colours used for Military Police. The organisation's five campaign honours awarded for service in the European Theatre in World War II are commemorated by the five stakes and fleur-de-lis. The stakes also connote a section of a palisade and refer to the battalion's mission to protect property. The checked triangular segments refer to the organisation's enforcement duties, which include control of traffic and operation of check points. The black tower and dragon symbolise the organisation's service in West Germany as part of the Army of Occupation.

Distinctive Unit Insignia

  • Description: A gold insignia consisting of a black castle with a gold dragon issuing therefrom, surmounted in base by a green horizontal bar with five upright green stakes, the centre one flory, between fourt fitchy, the devis with a three segmented gold scroll, one at the top inscribed "Honours" and two in base inscribed "Service" on the dexter side and "Support" on the sinister side.
  • Symbolism: Green and yellow are the colours used for Military Police. The organisation's five campaign honours awarded for service in the European Theatre during World War II are commemorated by the five stakes and fleur-de-lis. The stakes also represent a palisade and refer to the battalion's mission to protect property. The black tower and dragon symbolise the organisation's service in West Germany as part of the Army of Occupation.

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