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385th MP Bn., 7th Army, 1963-1966
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Sgt. Larry Elsasser • 

Larry Elsasser, of Russell, Kansas, completed basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by military police training at Fort Gordon, Georgia. In July 1963, he arrived in Europe and was assigned to Company A, 385th MP Battalion, 7th Army in the Stuttgart, Germany, area.

He served as an MP for 6 to 8 months, before the unit realized he had worked as a mechanic before entering the service. In bad need of a motor pool mechanic, the Battalion sent Larry to wheeled vehicle school.

He returned to the same company and served the rest of his time in the motor pool. He rose to the rank of “Motor Sergeant” by the time he left the service in January 1966.

 Convoy during a rest break some place in the western sector of Germany.

Convoy during a rest break some place in the western sector of Germany.

 Two MPS going on patrol at Kassel sup-post during “Long Thrust,” January 1964.

Two MPS going on patrol at Kassel sup-post during “Long Thrust,” January 1964.

 Larry is holding onto his mechanic’s tool box in this photo. Notice the suction cup defroster on left hand side of windshield. Larry was out to fix it because it was “inoperative.”

Larry is holding onto his mechanic’s tool box in this photo. Notice the suction cup defroster on left hand side of windshield. Larry was out to fix it because it was “inoperative.”

 Jeep leaving a fueling trailer near Linden, Germany.

Jeep leaving a fueling trailer near Linden, Germany.

 Doing some maintenance work in the motor pool.

Doing some maintenance work in the motor pool.

 Somewhere on maneuvers in western sector of Germany.

Somewhere on maneuvers in western sector of Germany.