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Born in Denver, Colorado in 1960, I spent three years in the US Army as a Military Policeman.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 338 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144992512X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449925123
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,529,000 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JPWinOK on January 11, 2012
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The book is one persons account of Tower Rats of the Cold War. The majority of these posts were manned by US Army Military Police who probably enlisted with visions of "White Hat" police patrol, I know I did. The author does a good job of capturing the frustration and boredom of these monotonous assignments and some of the goofy escapades that occurred when you put a bunch of 18-22 year old "adults" far from home in a foreign land. After reading this book I feel lucky we had routine drug testing so drugs were not a problem by 1985 when I was there (165th MP, Fischbach). Some of the stories are pretty outlandish but having lived it I can understand it and believe it.

My biggest concerns with the book was that other than it being a bit rambling and repeating itself was that a lot of the military related information was not correct. The author either smoked more hash than he let on or he did relied on a faulty memory and not research. This caused me to question some of the story because it was so wrong.

CID does not equal Central Intelligence Division, it is the US Army Criminal Investigation Division. It is also not a part of the Military Police although many of members are former MP's. The "detective" branch of the MP's is Military Police Investigations (MPI). His friend was more than likely transferred to the MPI section as a detective because going to CID is completely different MOS, job and training.

The author was really confused on his his company, battalion and brigade information,
164th MP was part of the 72nd Battalion that in turn was part of the 59th Ordnance Brigade. So his reference to the "maggots" from the 59th Battalion did not ring true since it did not exist.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cold War Veteran MP on August 4, 2013
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The funny thing about all of this, is I am sure that me and the author met at least a few times during basic at Fort McClellan. I was in F company, Fox Trot Company 12th battalion. The author may remember at the reception station two female drill instructors.One was named drill Sgt. Huggins, who had curly hair, and another was Drill sergeant holler, who looked like Miss Jane on the Beverly hillbillies, lol. The basic training portion of this book was dead on what I remember. My drill instructors were all Vietnam veterans, one being a sniper in special forces. Drill Sgt. Holler's voice reminded me of Mr. Haney on Green acres, LOL. Likewise, I also did tower rat duty around the same time as the author. I was at the 981st MP Company (3rd Inf. Div) at Nato 35 after leaving State Side duty at Fort Ord, and Hunter Liggett. All I can say is thanks for the basic memories, and the memories of those lonely nights I spent in that Tower guarding our interest. Most Americans will never know the sacrifices we made during this time..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. O'Connor on October 4, 2010
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This work provides information pertaining to Mr. Turner's Army service in the early 1980's. This period of the Army is best described as the end of the transition of the Army from a conscription force to a volunteer force. Clearly, the Army was not the professional organization we see today, as Turner provides ample cases for various units of assignment. However, Mr. Turner's editor did not verify terminology which as a Military Police Soldier, Turner would have been able to easily identify as errors. In a nutshell this work provides insight of Military Police units in Germany during this period of time. Not a comprehensive volume of the overall performance of Military Police units as a whole, but a presentation of the internal politics of these units and their efforts to accomplish their assigned missions.
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