62nd Highway Patrol (MP)
 Germany      1948 - 1958

Stories of the Highway Patrol


Memories Of The Highway Patrol

by  Capt. C. VanGemert








Capt. C. VanGemert and family, circa 1949.



I received the new "White Mice" newsletter today, and was once again happy to receive it. This issue was particularly interesting in that it brought back lots of memories. Memories of when I was the Commanding Officer [CO] of the Munich Highway Patrol. The very essence of the article "Military Police Play Good Samaritan Role During A Routine Night Patrol", instantly brought to mind the names of the ' towns and cities. Charlie Dog Five and How Peter brought back the sounds of the good old days.


During my time, and some of you may remember, Munich contained the largest group of the Highway Patrol in Germany. The headquarters, 508th MP Bn. was located in Munich with sub-stations located at Chiemsee, Passau and Regensburg. I was the commanding officer of Company C. This of course was before the 62nd assumed responsibility for all Highway Patrol duties.



Munich Highway Patrol Station



I remember that Some of the days were not so good being the only officer. This was especially true on payday.  I remember having to leave quarters early in the AM before day light with the cash payroll to personally pay each man. It was a long ride [approximately 400 miles]. I would get home late in the evening. It was on such a trip that my driver Albert Cox had a knock out heart attack. We were just leaving Munich, I was in the front seat as usual when the vehicle slowly left the road. It was snowing lightly as we left the road on the right side, into the ditch and then rolling over three times. Having only minor injuries [unknown at the time], I radioed Charlie Dog Five for an ambulance for Cox's and another vehicle for me.


Having made sure that Cox was well taken care of, I proceeded on my payroll duties in Highway Patrol #2 [not sure who the driver was]. Late that evening upon returning to Munich, I checked in at the 98th General Hospital to see Cox. While there I also had x-rays taken of my right hip. There was some pain in that area where my pistol was worn. The x-rays revealed a minor fracture of the hip. It also revealed a couple of cracked ribs. In later years I paid dearly for the fractured hip. Arthritis set in and in 1982 I had to have both hips replaced. In 1987 one of the hips broke and once again had to be replaced.


As for Cox's, he recovered and later returned to the states. Sometime after that he returned to the Munich area and tried to be re-assigned to the Highway Patrol to no avail. Cox's was assigned to Oberammergau and became the driver for the post commander. Cox was found one day while sitting behind the wheel waiting for the Colonel, dead of an apparent heart attack. In my opinion Cox's was an excellent soldier as well as a Military Policeman.


Also found in the article were the names of two men with whom I had served, a Sgt. Jack Matthews and Bob Wood.


This story previously appeared in Volume # 4, Issue # 2, March-April 2001 edition of "The White Mice"


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