The mission of the 504th was to provide direct combat support to the tactical units in I and II Corps Tactical Zones (CTZs), as well as to furnish military police support as directed by the commanding officer of the 16th Military Police Group.  From 1965 to July 1966, elements of the 504th provided military police support in 12 different locations in I and II CTZs.  Supporting the buildup and deployment of three infantry divisions, the Battalion was awarded the Meritorious Unit Commendation.  As an Army MP Batttalion, the 504th gave priority to the support of tactical units, being cited specifically for its efforts during the Dak To fighting in November 1967, which involved sealing off the Pleiku area and defending Camp Schmidt. It also played an important part in the defense of the MACV (Military AssistanceCommand Vietnam) compound in Kontum.

18th Military Police Brigade

Pleiku City

Three foot deep rut in road during monsoon.

Tet Offensive in Pleiku City

Road Hazards


Joint Patrol: ARVN interpreter, 25th ID MP, Canh Saht, Stan

In the alleys of Pleiku

Checking voice mail in 1967

Desk Sgt Nelms at Camp Schmidt MP Station

Sgt Nelms making assignments for night patrol

Camp Holloway in Pleiku, 1967

Punji Sticks

Stan served with B Company, 504th Military Police Battalion in Pleiku from November 66 - June 68.

Stan somewhere along Highway 19 near Quinhon

Gary Hutchison Memorial Chapter 1028

Vietnam Veterans of America



Stan Nelms

It's been decades since we served. But to many of us, it seems like only yesterday.  Today we are old and slow; but once we were young and swift.  For those who never knew us then; and for those who can't remember when, take a look back at‚Äč  the way we were:

The Way We Were