62nd Highway Patrol (MP)
 Germany      1948 - 1958

Stories of the Highway Patrol





by  George G. Blumenfeld





Main Gate, Patton Barracks - Heidelberg, 1951                                               Frankfurt Autobahn 1951 (GB-4)



I was assigned to Headquarters, 62nd MP Highway Patrol Company on September 28, 1951, having arrived from Fort Jackson, SC with the rank of Staff Sergeant. The 62nd had just been re-organized two weeks prior to my arrival. The Headquarters was located at Patton Barracks in Heidelberg and was under the command of Capt. Harry B. DeMott. The first sergeant was Jack Regh and the supply sergeant was George C. Lindenau. In addition to being C' duty sergeant, I also doubled as a training NCO for newly arrived personnel. After training, the men were assigned to one of the eleven [11] lettered detachments located throughout the U.S. Zone in Germany.


Capt. DeMotf and I had become close friends, both of us having come from Long Island, NY. Sometime later I had an amorous relationship with a young lady in Heidelbeg that was causing me some concern. I requested and received a transfer to Detachment "E" located in Garmisch/Partenkirchen. I spent the rest of my tour of duty there as a patrol sergeant.




                Sgt. George Blumenfeld, Det. E-Garmish,1952                       George Blumenfeld, Det. E, & Willie Gerle, LandsPolizei, 1952



Upon my return to civilian life in 1953, I became a security officer with the Atomic Energy Commission at Brookhaven National Lab in Upton, NY. In 1957, I joined the Brookhaven Town Police Department as a rookie police officer. Brookhaven Town PD was incorporated into the larger Suffolk County Police Department where I served in the Detective Division in Homicide and Bunco.




George has sent several other articles that have been published in our newsletter in the past.




This story previously appeared in Volume # 10, Issue # 2, April-May-June 2007 edition of "The White Mice"


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