Stories of the Highway Patrol
by Cpl. A. F. Gomez
Previously published in Base Newspaper, circa 1949
Cpl. A. F. Gomez
Last week I was ask to write a column for the Post paper about the Highway Patrol activities. Not having any prior newspaper experience, I felt I was greatly honored, not only for being able to write an article for the Post paper, but also to bring more understanding between a law enforcement agency and the people they serve and work for.
H is my belief that in order for you to understand our job, I must give you a brief outline of our mission.
The mission of the Post Highway Patrol is to provide service to persons in need, enforcement of law and order, traffic control, safeguarding of property, and investigations of all incidents involving occupation personnel in the rural areas and on highways of the U. S. Zone.
In order to fulfill our mission we maintain complete coordination with all local MG and law enforcement authorities.
We also maintain close coordination with the German rural police agencies because the majority of our incidents involve both American military personnel and German people.
We are greatly indebted to the German rural police for their splendid cooperation since the activation of the Highway Patrol.
Also deserving mention is our parent organization, the 793rd MP Sv. Bn. in Nurnburg. The 793rd Special Investigation and Traffic section are doing an especially good job investigating both crime and accidents in the areas policed by the Highway Patrol.
Many people may wonder how the Highway Patrolman was screened and selected for the job he is performing today.
Selected personnel of the 793rd MP Sv. Bn. carefully screened and interviewed by the provost marshal before joining the Highway Patrol.
There were requirements each man had to meet. And when the list came down of those who were accepted each man felt as though he were sewing on another stripe or passing cigars for the new born baby.
But that was short lived, because we then settled down to two weeks in intense refresher training on things we had lost with time and forgotten about.
Then we received our assignments. Fourteen men went to Weiden, and the rest were assigned to Illesheim Ordnance Depot.
Speaking for the Illesheim assignment, we were fortunate to find ourselves with a group of men who had broad views.
We were continually asking them for assistance with our vehicles. They performed everything short of miracles.
At a later date we moved to the Depot Annex in Oberdachstetten, about six miles from Illesheim on N-13 highway.
We have just fished remodeling our station and repainting the billets and dining room, which were in a deplorable condition when we arrived here.
The men came off duty and immediately donned fatigues and started to paint windows, doors, walls, etc., each man instilled with pride of being able to make his living quarters nice as possible.
Many nights were spent making either the office or billets attractive, and we liked it too.
Now the job is done and we all sit back looking at our work with pride. When the time comes for us to go back home we will carry with us the knowledge that we were part of the original Highway Patrol that helped make the dreams of the provost marshal and our platoon leader come true.
As long as we help accomplish something we are proud.
As you may have noticed, this article was written by one of our own. The article must have been written in the early part of 1949 and appeared in one of the Post papers.
This story previously appeared in Volume # 5, Issue # 3, May-June 2002 edition of "The White Mice"