202 MP Co. History FORT SHERIDAN, IL
202 MP COMPANY HISTORY FORT SHERIDAN, IL 1960s & 1970s
By October 1967, the unit was stationed at Fort Sheridan, Highland Park, Illinois, (a suburb of Chicago) under the command of Captain Harris. Following France's withdrawal from NATO, unit personnel were reassigned. A small cadre (about 36 officers and enlisted) were reassigned to Fort Sheridan to rebuild the company. About 34 veteran MPs arrived in October 1967. The MPs rotated to the 202 from assignment in Vietnam with the 720th MP Bn. (unit deployment) out of Fort Hood, Texas.
At Fort Sheridan, the 202 pulled post patrol. Another MP unit, the 204th MP Co., ran the Provost Marshall Office, the detention facility, and vehicle registration. Both units pulled security duty for classified shipment across the country. Both units also had color guard for military funerals (Vietnam War). Both units also assisted in transporting prisoners out of Chicago's Midway airport.
Following the Korean conflict of the 1950s, Fort Sheridan's mission was expanded to include the support of defense sites protecting a Midwest industrial area that encompassed Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. The post became responsible for all logistical support of a network of 33 Nike-Hercules missile sites throughout the country. During the Vietnam War, the Fort served as an administrative and logistics center in addition to sending its regular army units into battle areas.
At the end of the Vietnam War, a peacetime army was stationed at the Fort, and Fort Sheridan continued to function as an administrative center. It was Headquarters for the 5th US Army and Headquarters for the US Army Recruiting Command in the early 1970s there were several attempts by Congress to close Fort Sheridan. Following the Gulf War, the army began deactivating units and departing from Fort Sheridan. With this war over and the Cold War relegated to history, Fort Sheridan ended its 106-year military mission. Closing ceremonies took place May 28, 1993.
It has now been split in half with Condos and Luxury homes occupying half of it and the other half is still in use by the Illinois National Guard
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Nov 02 2001 08:09:53:000PM