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Sep 17 - Sep 19, 2020: 504th Military Police Association (Canceled)  More Details
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Unit Details

Strength
Battalion
 
Type
Military Police Unit
 
Year
1940 - Present
 

Description
Dragon Fighters


Notable Persons
None
 
Reports To
Military Police Units
 
Active Reporting Units
 
Inactive Reporting Units
 
Unit Web Links
U.S. Army Center of Military History

U.S. Army Institute of Heraldry

504th Military Police Battalion Facebook Page
320 Members Who Served in This Unit


 

  • Ackerman, Richard, SFC, (1985-2006)
  • Alba-Watson, Karin, MAJ, (1998-2008)
  • Allen, Christian, SSG, (1997-2012)
  • Allen, Rich, CSM, (1973-1999)
  • Amaral, Karen, SSG, (1975-1996)
  • Ammons, Nicholas, SPC, (1996-2005)
  • Anderson, Hank, SGT, (1969-1972)
  • Anderson, Jr, James Y. (Jim), LTC, (1960-1988)
  • Anderson, Paul, MSG, (1975-1997)
  • Apple, James, SP 4, (1957-1960)
  • Ayalavega, Gilberto, SP 4, (2002-Present)
  • Bailey, Anne, MAJ, (1992-2008)
  • Banicki, Steve, SFC, (1985-2007)
  • Barcklay, Jasen, SFC, (1994-Present)
  • Barton, Robert, SGT, (2000-2008)
  • Beard, George, SGT, (1970-1973)
  • Becker, Bernard, SGT, (1975-1978)
  • Birdsong, Natasha, SGT, (2003-Present)
  • Black, Amanda, SGT, (2003-Present)
  • Black, Timothy, CPT, (2004-Present)
  • Blandy-Ball, Marilou, SP 4, (1975-1977)
  • Blankenship, Eddie, SP 4, (1962-1965)
  • Blow, Ron, SP 4, (1966-1968)
  • Bostick, Larry, WO1, (1993-2007)
  • Botwinski, Walter, MAJ, (1990-2008)
  • Boutte, Michael, SP 4, (1971-1977)
  • Boyd, Paris, SSG, (2000-Present)
  • Bracero, Saul, COL, (1987-2008)
  • Bradley, Jason, CPT, (1995-2008)
  • Branham, Joe, SSG, (1968-1976)
  • Breeden, Larry, SP 4, (1966-1968)
  • Breito, Denise, SGT, (1980-2004)
  • Brock, James, SGT, (1969-1973)
  • Broussard, Kemon, SGT, (1983-1996)
  • Burns, Robert, CW5, (1965-1999)
  • Burrough, Sean, SSG, (1995-2008)
  • Burtnett, Arthur, SP 4, (1965-1967)
  • Burton, Robert, SP 4, (1957-1963)
  • Byington, Brian, MSG, (1986-2015)
  • Calcutti, William, SP 4, (1960-1963)
  • Cameron, Kevin, SSG, (1999-Present)
  • Candler, William, SP 4, (1966-1968)
  • Caron, Mike, SGT, (1972-1975)
  • Casanova, Edward, SP 4, (1974-1979)
 
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Battle/Operations History Detail
 
Description
In September 1991, Hatian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a charismatic Roman Catholic priest, was overthrown by dissatisfied elements of the army and forced to leave the country. It is estimated that between 300 and 500 Haitians were killed in the days following the September coup, and 3,000 in the following three years. The coup created a large-scale exodus from the country. The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a total of 41,342 Haitians from 1991 to 1992, more than the number of rescued refugees from the previous 10 years combined. A multiservice response was required when these Haitian immigrants were intercepted by US Coast Guard cutters in the Windward Passage and brought to Cuba.

USMC forces assumed primary responsibility for emergency HA to Haitian refugees at Naval Base Guantanamo. The commanding general, 2d Force Service Support Group (FSSG) BG G.H. Walls, Jr., USMC) was the commander of the Operation Able Manner/Safe Harbor joint task force (CJTF). Initially, the USS Tortuga (LSD 46) provided temporary messing, berthing, and medical support for up to 1,000 immigrants. As the JTF came on line, Army CA units, Navy Seabees, and Army engineer units established five holding camps to process and administer the Haitian immigrants. The 2d FSSG provided the nucleus for the JTF HQ, and the total force exceeded 1,200 personnel (300 Marines, over 700 Army, 150 Air Force, and local personnel from the Navy Base and Marine Barracks).

With interdiction by the US Navy and with Coast Guard assistance, Haitians began to flow into Guantanamo Bay and were housed in a tent city. On 16 December 1991, 300 Marines from the 8th Marine Regiment deployed from Camp LeJeune to Guantanamo to join 400 other military personnel. At peak, the temporary camps at Guantanamo held over 12,500 Haitians. While their legal status was being determined, the JTF continued to provide security, food, medical care, and all aspects of public administration for the camps.

In November 1991, the XVIII Airborne Corps established a humanitarian support center at Guantanamo Naval Base, Cuba. The mission was to receive, transport, detain, control and process Haitian migrants. The Corps quickly began the massive task of building and supporting a humanitarian center for more than 12,000 Haitian migrants. By early December, the Corps had deployed over 2,000 soldiers to the Guantanamo Naval Base. This operation officially ended in June 1993.

 
 
BattleType
Operation
Country
Cuba
 
Parent
Humanitarian Operations
CreatedBy
Not Specified
 
Start Month
9
End Month
6
 
Start Year
1991
End Year
1993
 

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