Special Agent Joseph M. Peters

Died: October 6, 2013 SA Joseph Peters

Special Agent Joseph M. Peters, 24, was killed by an improvised explosive device while conducting combat operations in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 286th Military Police Detachment (CID), 5th Military Police Battalion (CID), Vicenza, Italy. Three other Soldiers were also killed during the incident.

Special Agent Peters had served in the Army for six years. He is survived by his wife and son. He was posthumously awarded the Combat Action Badge, Bronze Star with "V' device, and Purple Heart.

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Special Agent James Columbus Mayo

Died: September 18, 1987 SA James Mayo

Special Agent James Columbus Mayo was killed in an automobile accident in Osage County, Missouri, while returning from administering a polygraph test.

Special Agent Mayo was survived by his wife and two children.


Special Agent Dirk A. Miller

Died: December 12, 1985 SA Dirk Miller

Special Agent Dirk A. Miller, 30, was killed in an aircraft accident in Newfoundland, Canada, while returning to the United States from an overseas deployment. He, along with 247 other Soldiers and eight civilian crew members, were killed when the DC-8 they were passengers in crashed shortly after takeoff from Gander International Airport. The chartered plane had landed in Newfoundland to refuel.

Special Agent Miller had served in the Army for almost 14 years. He was survived by his wife and two sons.


Special Agent Norman Emmett Larson

Died: September 24, 1973 SA Norman Larson

Special Agent Norman Emmett Larson was killed in an automobile accident in Uebrigshausen, Germany while returning to his duty station, Schwaebisch Hall Resident Agency. Larson, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered massive injuries when a 2 1/2 ton U.S. military truck towing a trailer and traveling in a convoy, jackknifed in front of his vehicle.

Larson was born April 30, 1935 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He enlisted in the USAF in March 1953. He was appointed a U.S. Army warrant officer investigator on Septmeber 13, 1967 and was accredited on April 19, 1968.


Special Agent Elmer Martin "Bud" Heggen

Died: July 23, 1973 SA Elmer Heggen

Special Agent Heggen and Special Agent Henry Tibbs were killed in an aircraft accident while en route to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to testify in a courts martial. The courts martial was for a Soldier convicted of murder. He was arrested for the crime by Heggen and Tibbs in Hue-Phu Bai, Vietnam. The case had been reopened due to a technicality and the subject was at Fort Leavenworth. Heggen and Tibbs were stationed at the Fort Campbell CID field office and were flying Ozark Airlines to St. Louis, Missouri, for a connecting flight. Ozark Airlines Flight 809 crashed in a severe storm on approach to the St. Louis International Airport.

Heggen had served with the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command for eight years and was survived by his wife, son, daughter and three sisters.

Background information provided by retired CID Special Agent Bill Evans, who was the officer-in-charge of the Hue-Phu Bai CID Field Office at the time of the incident:

Heggen and Tibbs, both assigned to the Hue-Phu Bai CID Field Office, were en route to Quanq Tri Combat Base to conduct interviews. They approached a convoy check point between Hue and Quang Tri just as a military policeman, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, shot and killed a staff sergeant. They apprehended the MP, collected the evidence and conducted witness interviews. The MP was later convicted of murder and sentenced to Fort Leavenworth.

Their investigation disclosed that the checkpoint had been established to ensure that military vehicles traveling south moved in convoys of four or more vehicles. This was standard area procedure for that area. It was controlled by one MP. The staff sergeant was en route to the unit personnel office at Phu Bai Combat Base to out-process. While waiting for more vehicles to arrive the staff sergeant approached the MP several times and demanded to be allowed to proceed. Each time the MP explained that he would have to wait until a convoy could be formed. The SSG then became involved in a heated argument with the MP at which point the MP drew his 45 caliber sidearm and shot the SSG, holstered his weapon, walked back to his post and picked up a comic book and began to look at it.


Special Agent Henry Herbert Tibbs

Died: July 23, 1973 SA Henry Tibbs

Special Agent Tibbs and Special Agent Elmer Heggen were killed in an aircraft accident while en route to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas to testify in a courts martial. The courts martial was for a Soldier convicted of murder. He was arrested for the crime by Heggen and Tibbs in Hue-Phu Bai, Vietnam. The case had been reopened due to a technicality and the subject was at Fort Leavenworth. Heggen and Tibbs were stationed at the Fort Campbell CID field office and were flying Ozark Airlines to St. Louis, Missouri, for a connecting flight. Ozark Airlines Flight 809 crashed in a severe storm on approach to the St. Louis International Airport.

Tibbs had been assigned to the Criminal Investigation Command for 18 months and had also served as an MP for several years. He was survived by his father, brother and sister.

Background information provided by retired CID Special Agent Bill Evans, who was the officer-in-charge of the Hue-Phu Bai CID Field Office at the time of the incident:

Heggen and Tibbs, both assigned to the Hue-Phu Bai CID Field Office, were en route to Quanq Tri Combat Base to conduct interviews. They approached a convoy check point between Hue and Quang Tri just as a military policeman, assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, shot and killed a staff sergeant. They apprehended the MP, collected the evidence and conducted witness interviews. The MP was later convicted of murder and sentenced to Fort Leavenworth.

Their investigation disclosed that the checkpoint had been established to ensure that military vehicles traveling south moved in convoys of four or more vehicles. This was standard area procedure for that area. It was controlled by one MP. The staff sergeant was en route to the unit personnel office at Phu Bai Combat Base to out-process. While waiting for more vehicles to arrive the staff sergeant approached the MP several times and demanded to be allowed to proceed. Each time the MP explained that he would have to wait until a convoy could be formed. The SSG then became involved in a heated argument with the MP at which point the MP drew his 45 caliber sidearm and shot the SSG, holstered his weapon, walked back to his post and picked up a comic book and began to look at it.


Special Agent James T. Abbott

Died: January 11, 1971 SA James Abbott

Special Agent James T. Abbott was killed at 0340 at Camp Evans, Thua Thien Province, Republic of Vietnam. According to eyewitness accounts, Abbott was shot and killed by another Soldier who had climbed onto a tower and threatened to kill anyone who approached him. Abbott was killed as he was climbing up the tower.




Special Agent Leroy E. Halbert

Died: December 31, 1970 SA Leroy Halbert

Special Agent Halbert was killed when he and another Special Agent were accosted in the city of So Chin, Republic of Vietnam. According to reports, Halbert and the other agent were on duty, when a group of Soldiers stopped the agents, pointed weapons at them and threatened to kill one of the agents. A struggle ensued. During the struggle, one of the assailants was shot and killed by the other CID Special Agent and Halbert was shot in the head and killed by one of the other assailants.

Two Soldiers were charged with murder, robbery, wrongful possession of marijuana and aggravated assault in this case.


Investigator John Albert Hanson

Died: May 9, 1970

Investigator John Albert Hanson was killed when he fell off a cliff while attempting to arrest a narcotics suspect near Camp Sukiran in Okinawa, Japan. After confronting four suspects in a cave for allegedly possessing marijuana, Hanson along with another agent, were in the process of arresting one of the suspects when the suspect attempted to throw some of the evidence away, lost his balance, and both he and Hanson fell off the cliff. The suspect was severly injured, but survived the fall, Hanson did not survive the fall and he was later found in the water below the cave.

Investigator Hanson had served in the Army for nine years.


Special Agent Walter Edward Snyder

Died: May 9, 1948 SA Walter Snyder

Special Agent Walter Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister (Patrolman) Franz Eichinger of the Munich, Germany Police Department were shot and killed by a 17-year old boy during an attempted prison escape.

Agent Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger were transporting the suspect to the scene of an alleged murder that the 17-year old boy had fabricated to escape from prison. During the ride, the suspect was able to gain control of Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger's service weapon, a revolver. The suspect then shot and killed Agent Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger. He then set the bodies of Agent Snyder and Kriminalwachtmeister Eichinger on fire.

The suspect fled, but was later apprehended in Belgium. The suspect was sentenced to death by a United States Military Court, but that sentence was later reduced to life in prison. After serving several years in prison, the suspect was released upon agreement between United States and German authorities due to his teen age status at the time of the incident.

Agent Snyder was survived by his wife.

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