on any of the
to open and view
web site is for and about the men that served with the U.S. Army Highway
Patrol Unit in Germany. Our
ranks are rapidly thinning as we are all growing older.
This site is dedicated to all those that served, and more especially to
those that have gone on before. It is hoped that the site will provide
visitors with an insight into the duties, background, and history of a very
proud and unique military organization/
There will never be another unit
quite like the 62nd Military Police Highway Patrol Company. Those that served before me and those
with whom I served were true pioneers.
There were never very many individuals assigned to actual
duty with the 62nd Highway Patrol during the unit's official ten year period of existence from 1948 to 1958. Official records indicate that only 1072 Highway Patrol "troopers” and administrative
personnel were selected and assigned to those special duties. Yet these individual managed to
complete the many varied and unique
duties and assignments that received so much attention and
publicity throughout Germany during those very turbulent years following the
second World War and during the "Cold War" period.
following deactivation of the 62nd Highway Patrol on 20 September
1958, there were no more
individuals to follow after us; or to have the unique privilege of
performing the specialized duties of the Army Highway
Patrol. Regrettably, I was among the last individuals assigned to
duty with the Highway Patrol, and my tour with the unit was entirely far too
short. At the time the HP was deactivated, I was serving
with Detachment A in Darmstadt.
Highway Patrol duty was a very exceptional duty assignment, highly coveted,
and sought after by almost every Military Policeman. The Highway
Patrol was established to perform the
many special functions related to the safety and movement of personnel and
vehicular traffic in addition to carrying out routine Military Police duties and assignments. This included all military personnel, their
dependents, and civilian nationals as well.
The Highway Patrol performed its duties on the Autobahns and on the
various other highways and byways throughout Germany. We wore special insignia and our
vehicles had very distinctive markings.
Be sure to check our
page for more information.
Some of us went
on to serve in various law enforcement careers after our military
assignments, while others made the military
their career. To those men and women that today serve
in law enforcement and to those in the Military Police Corps, as well as to
those that will continue to serve their country in the future, it is my sincere desire
that this site will provide some useful insight into an earlier era.
This web site is
privately maintained by former members of the Highway Patrol.
The site contains a variety of
proprietary, copyrighted, and intellectual information and material. Much of the material and content has
been gathered from a variety of sources.
Pictures, files, stories, and information have been furnished by many
private individuals, official sources, and by the 62nd Military
Police Highway Patrol Association.
Notice is hereby given that all rights are reserved by the Association
and the original owners. This site
an official web site of the Department of the Army, the Department of
Defense, or the U.S. Government.
Opinions expressed are those of the various contributors, and not
necessarily those of the webmaster (unless explicitly stated) or any
Government agency, organization, or entity.
Many of our former unit members continue to stay in touch. We have met at a score of annual reunions, and
have maintained contact through our website and numerous
communications. The group has formed a lasting comradeship and
continue to share many experiences of our unique former duties and
experiences. We always welcome stories, pictures,
and information from and about the unit and its members. Send any
information, corrections, or additional photos to the
webmaster for inclusion on our
Check in with information from your
tour of duty. Share in the
memories with old and new friends from the days of the Highway Patrol.
Members page opens to a listing
of the names of former Highway
Patrolmen that are among those that have been more active, participating,
and for which we have good
contact information. Unfortunately, we are now a very small group of
surviving veterans of a former unique and very prestigious unit. Age
and health issues continue to diminish our numbers. All known former members of the Highway
Patrol are listed either on the initial page or upon the appropriate alphabetical
listed member pages. Links to those pages are found at the bottom of
page and are
continuously updated as information
is now our primary
(and only viable option)
for communication with members (in addition to this website).
Highway Patrol communiqués are periodically emailed to members,
however, a VALID and current e-mail address is needed to accomplish
this task. Presently, only a small amount of viable (good &
active) email addresses are available for the current roster of known surviving
former HP members. It would be ideal to have correct e-mail
addresses for all, however, such an idyllic perspective apparently
be attainable. You may send or update your contact e-mail
address to: Webmaster@62HP.org.