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PFC Bobby Rutherford of the 8224th Military Police Detachment harbor patrol chats with a Korean security guard on the docks of Incheon Harbor.

PFC Bobby Rutherford of the 8224th Military Police Detachment harbor patrol chats with a Korean security guard on the docks of Incheon Harbor. (Chester M. Houswerth Jr./Stars and Stripes)

This article first appeared in the Stars and Stripes, Oct. 2, 1958. It is republished unedited in its original form.

The Military Police have gone to sea.

Some of the 8224th MP Det. here have traded their Jeep for a J boat. These men comprise the Inchon Harbor Patrol. They wear the regulation Army uniforms, but the keen-eyed observer may spot them by the salt encrusting their leather MP brassards.

The sea-going MP patrol works in eight-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week. Pointing up the importance of the patrol's task is the fact that much of the military supplies shipped to Korea pass through Inchon.

The patrol boards incoming freighters to check with the Army port unloading supervisor for any discrepancies which may appear in the cargo manifest. The MPs visit the ship during its stay in port and check the ship's holds for any signs of pilferage.

A Korean policeman is carried on the patrol boat to work with the Americans. When the patrolman stops a Korean boat in the busy harbor, he boards it to check its cargo. He also inspects the daily trip ticket which each boat must obtain from the harbor master in order to operate within the harbor.

Everything that floats, from floating cranes to sampans, comes under the patrol's watchful eye. The policemen advise Korean ferries on safety regulations. They inspect the barges that are used to lighter cargo from ship to shore.

The patrol boat of the 8224th Military Police Detachment stationed in Inchon, South Korea, comes alongside a small Korean boat in Inchon harbor and warns its boatman to move his craft away from the ship unloading area in the harbor. A Korean MP acts as interpreter and boards to check their cargo and harbor pass as PFC Bobby Rutherford looks on.

The patrol boat of the 8224th Military Police Detachment stationed in Inchon, South Korea, comes alongside a small Korean boat in Inchon harbor and warns its boatman to move his craft away from the ship unloading area in the harbor. A Korean MP acts as interpreter and boards to check their cargo and harbor pass as PFC Bobby Rutherford looks on. (Chester M. Houswerth Jr./Stars and Stripes)

Some of the 8224th Military Police Detachment in Inchon, South Korea, have traded their Jeep in for a J boat to form the Inchon Harbor Patrol. The sea-going patrol works in eight-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week.

Some of the 8224th Military Police Detachment in Inchon, South Korea, have traded their Jeep in for a J boat to form the Inchon Harbor Patrol. The sea-going patrol works in eight-hour shifts around the clock, seven days a week. (Chester M. Houswerth Jr./Stars and Stripes)

PFC Jackie P. Justice of the 8224th Military Police Detachment scrutinizes the traffic as the patrol boat weaves slowly through Incheon harbor. Part of the detachment stationed in Inchon have traded their Jeep in for a J boat to form the Inchon Harbor Patrol. Everything that floats, from freighters to sampans, comes under the patrol’s watchful eye.

PFC Jackie P. Justice of the 8224th Military Police Detachment scrutinizes the traffic as the patrol boat weaves slowly through Incheon harbor. Part of the detachment stationed in Inchon have traded their Jeep in for a J boat to form the Inchon Harbor Patrol. Everything that floats, from freighters to sampans, comes under the patrol’s watchful eye. (Chester M. Houswerth Jr./Stars and Stripes)

A freighter unloading in Incheon harbor is checked by the 8224th Military Police Detachment patrol in September 1958. Everything that floats, from freighters to sampans, comes under the patrol’s watchful eye.

A freighter unloading in Incheon harbor is checked by the 8224th Military Police Detachment patrol in September 1958. Everything that floats, from freighters to sampans, comes under the patrol’s watchful eye. (Chester M. Houswerth Jr./Stars and Stripes)

Medical officers from Inchon port also go with the patrol boat when it goes out to clear an incoming ship.

The MP harbor patrol is directed by the provost marshal, 1st Lt. David E. Hertzog. Sgt. William Gregory is in charge of the patrol. The patrol boat and crew are furnished by the Army's Transportation Corps.

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