|716th Military Police Battalion, Saigon, 1968|
|Maintaining law and order amidst enemy guerrilla activity, hundreds of U.S. military personnel, and a bustling civilian population, was no easy task for the MPs in Saigon, South Vietnam.
The MPs duties were never more dangerous than during the early months of 1968 when the NVA and Viet Cong launched the Tet Offensive. Enemy troops attacked American and South Vietnam installations, including the city of Saigon. The 716th found itself battling communist forces deep within the city, even on the grounds of the U.S. Embassy.
Army Military Police wore a gloss black-painted helmet liner emblazoned with white 2.25" high "MP" letters on the front and a painted band, 1.25" wide, around the liner. The colored band around the liner designated the different MP organization levels. The colored bands were usually interrupted on the sides by the unit numerical designation on the left side, and either a distinctive insignia or the organizational shoulder sleeve insignia decals on the right.