(July 30, 1950 to August 6, 1999)

My name is Terry Gawel. After completing Dog Handler School at Lackland A.F.B. with my sentry dog Sherlock (X984) my class flew to Vietnam in an Air Force C-141 cargo jet. We arrived at the 981st in Cam Ranh Bay on March 10, 1970.

After I arrived, the 981st C.O. CPT Billy Held offered me the opportunity to train as a vet tech. After several weeks of O.J.T. at the Cam Ranh kennel, I was assigned to Team D, An Khe in the Central Highlands. It was there I met Joseph Geueke, from Scranton PA. Joe was quite a character, always upbeat and always laughing or smiling. I do not remember anyone who did not like or could not get along with Joe. I still remember and tell stories about Joe that make me laugh.

In December of 1970, I was reassigned to Tuy Hoa where I spent the final few months of my tour. I returned home in February 1971.

It was after being assigned to Tuy Hoa that I lost track of Joe. I have often wondered what became of him over the decades and was saddened to read of his death in the March/April 2017 Sentry Dog Newsletter. In 1970 it seemed like we were young, strong and would live forever.

Joe’s dog was named Rex, and I believe Rex was the dog asked about in the Newsletter. Rex was possibly the meanest dog in An Khe but Joe thought of him as an overgrown puppy. Joe and Rex: Laidback and Vicious. It was an interesting if not amusing pairing. If they did not instill fear in you, they certainly commanded respect and a wide berth!

As I transported Joe and Rex to and from their post in the quarter ton Jeep, Rex would try to pull his muzzle off with both front paws in order to chew my right arm off. I can still hear Joe proclaim with all sincerity: “Doc, I think Rex likes you!”

Thank you for putting me on the Newsletter mailing list. Until being contacted by the 981st company clerk Steve Dragovich in July 2016, I had lost contact with most everyone from that period of my life. It has been interesting, and in some cases sad, to learn the fate of the “men of the 981st.”

Sincerely, Terry Gawel; 1530 E. Columbia Rd.; Dansville MI 48819;

LtoR: Joe Geueke (shirtless), Terry Gawel, Tom Dudley, Luther Adkins. Team D, An Khe, 1970

Joe Geueke’s fearsome dog Rex (78X5)

212th Website Has Been Reformatted of the 720th MP BN Reunion Website

This was sent to me from John Caldwell, 212th 69-70.

212th Website Has Been Reformatted
Sun, 3 Dec 2017 16:59:49 -0500
Thomas Watson <>

Fellow Veteran’s,

I spent the last month reformatting and repairing the broken links of the entire 88th MP Company (K9) and 212th MP Company (Sentry Dog) webpages and photographs.
I also added additional research information to the Timeline pages.
Please take the time to visit the new posting and if you see any deficiencies or errors please point them out at,…/proje…/212th/212th_mp_company.html

If you can provide any official unit orders (assignment-TDY-promotions-training-awards-duty rosters-SOP’s-etc.) Media Documents, unit forms, photographs of interest (not already posted) or of former buddies, please take the time to send them along for addition to your company’s historical timeline.

If you are still in contact with former buddies from your tour, pass this information along and ask them to visit the website and assist where they can.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pass them along.

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy Holidays.

Thank you,

Thomas T. Watson
Bravo Company 1968-1969
President of the Reunion Association,
History Project & Website Manager
phone: 864-378-5503 (EST)
1456 Bombing Range Rd.
Gilbert, SC 29054-9637

* If this message was sent to you in error, or if you wish to have your name removed from our mailing list, please contact me via the Email address provided above.
“Thank you for your service.”

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        During the Vietnam war the 212th served with distinction as part of the 720th MP Battalion, 89th MP Group, 18th MP Brigade from 14 February 1968 to 13 August 1972 during which time it shared the honor of earning a Meritorious Unit Commendation. The 720th MP Battalion Vietnam History P…

Passing of Harley Uhlmansiek, Jr. 212th 67-68

Harley Uhlmansiek
2/8/1945 – 10/31/2016

Harley V. Uhlmansiek, Jr. of Aurora passed away Monday Oct 31, 2016 at Bethesda North Hospital in Cincinnati, OH.He was born in Milan, Indiana on February 8, 1945 to the late Harley Uhlmansiek and Esther Uhlmansiek.  Harley married Janice Higham on January 17, 1969 in Virginia.Harley attended Purdue prior to enlisting in the Army. While in the Army, Harley was an MP assigned as a Sentry Dog Handler.  After leaving the Army, Harley spent 20 years with the Shelbyville Police Department where he retired in 1990 as Captain of Detectives.Harley was a Lifetime Member of the Shelbyville FOP, member of the Aurora American Legion and the Dearborn County 4-H Association.  Harley was involved with Farm Bureau for several years during his retirement.  Harley was a former member of Ebenezer Baptist Church and recently attended Sparta Baptist Church.Survivors include his mom, Esther of Aurora; his wife, Janice of Aurora; daughter, Sherri Mains of Knightsdale, NC; son, Tim (Shelly) Uhlmansiek of Shelbyville, IN;  granddaughter Amber Mains and great-grandchildren Lesleigh and Daphne of NC; and Molly the family pooch.Harley enjoyed fishing and spending time on his farm.  He especially liked having wood cutting parties with his family and friends. Friends will be received Sunday, November 6, 2016 from 1 – 4pm at Rullman Hunger Funeral Home.  Services will be held at 4pm at the Funeral Home.  Military services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Services Organizations.Contributions may be made to Aurora Life Squad or Dearborn County 4H Association.  If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812)-926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.  Visit:

Passing of Dale P. Betka, 212th 68-69

I know everyone saw the announcement for Dale P. Betka, 212th 68-69. Here is the obituary.

LORAIN – Dale P. Betka, 70, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Cleveland Clinic – Avon Hospital.
Dale was born in Lorain, OH on October 10, 1946 to his loving parents, John and Gertrude Betka.
He graduated from Amherst High School, Class of 1966. Shortly following graduation, Dale was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1967, serving his country as a Military Police in the K-9 unit during Vietnam and he was honorably discharged in 1968. He married his best friend and the love of his life, Patti (nee Renick) on June 19, 1971. Dale graduated from University of Akron in 1971 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He was in sales all of his professional life working at American Greetings for many years and most recently as a Regional Sales Manager for Hunter Douglas where he was awarded for his many accomplishments. He enjoyed fishing, photography, writing, drawing, Ohio State football and spending time with his family and friends. Dale was an active member at St. Peter Parish in Lorain where he served as a Lector, on Parish Council, Pre-Cana team member and parish festival committee.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 45 years of marriage, Patti Betka of Lorain; children, Eric (Larissa) Betka of Hudson and Kristen (Mark) Layman of Huntsville; granddaughters, Ella, Anna and Madelyn Betka: and Ava and Emma Layman; sister, Carole (Richard) Rice; sister-in-law, Georgie (Dave) Smith; and brothers-in-law, Ron, Randy and Rob (Leigh) Renick; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertrude Betka; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Rose Renick.
The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 2150 Broadway, Lorain (440) 244-1961 on Friday, May 5, 2017 from 4-8 PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 AM, Saturday, May 6, 2017 at St. Peter Parish, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH with Fr. Craig M. Hovanec, Pastor, officiating (Meet at Church on Saturday). Christian burial services will be held at Calvary Cemetery in Lorain where military honors will be performed by the U.S. Army. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Dale’s memory to St. Peter Parish Capital Campaign, 3655 Oberlin Ave., Lorain, OH 44053. Online condolences may be sent using
Published in on May 4, 2017