62nd Highway Patrol (MP)
 Germany      1948 - 1958

Stories of the Highway Patrol



by  James Burford



I was stationed with Detachment "C" and located at Augsburg and later, with duty station in Chiemsee during the period of 57-58. I remember some of the guys like Bob Krome, Ed Standish, John Jepsen and Leroy Meadows and most of all Captain Oscar D. Oglesby who was the detachment commander.


I remember on one occasion John Jepsen and I had gone to one of the local Guesthauses located in Roseheim. It was a hangout for US soldiers. While there some of the other soldiers started calling Jepsen and I names. Needless to say, being young and a bit foolish at the time, a fight soon followed. Jepsen sustained a black-eye and one of the other soldiers lost a couple of teeth. Jepsen and I both thought that we would be reprimanded, or perhaps demoted. Capt. Oglesby just laughed and said that we had done a good job. We were both promoted soon after that. Some of the guys liked patrolling the Guesthauses and there are plenty of stories to tell about Dirty Friz and the Cracker Box located near Will and Henry Kasernes on N-13 north of Munich.


I remember Willis Denny wrecked one of the patrol cars and had to pay for the damages. I was also involved in a couple of wrecks, the victim of rear end crashes and not at fault. I remember a Lt. Procup who was driving his vehicle to port in Bremerhaven and had a bad attitude. I gave him a ticket and called Paul Elmstrom who also gave him a ticket. Before arriving in Bremerhaven, LT. Procup had accumulated a total of three tickets. I remember the NEO runs through France simulating the evacuation of civilians in the event of war.


During my tour with the highway patrol, I received several letters of appreciation for assisting motorist who were having difficulty during their trip. I am proud to have been a member of the 62nd MP Co. [Highway Patrol], it has left me with a life time of memories.



This story previously appeared in Volume #12, issue # 2, April-May-June 2009 edition of "The White Mice"


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