Private First Class Gerald Morton Binder

Private First Class Gerald Morton Binder

United States Army Military Police Corps, U.S. Government

End of Watch Thursday, August 25, 1966

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Gerald Morton Binder

Private First Class Gerald Binder was accidentally shot and killed by another military policeman while searching for two soldiers who had just escaped from the stockade on Fort Dix, New Jersey.

One of the prisoners had overpowered a guard while being led to the latrine at 4:30 am. He then freed the second prisoner from his cell and both escaped through a window. PFC Binder and another MP were searching a wooded area when the second MP fired his M-14 rifle at the escapees but accidentally struck PFC Binder, fatally wounding him.

Both escapees were apprehended approximately four hours after escaping.

PFC Binder had served with the U.S. Army for only five months and was assigned to the 532nd Military Police Company.


  • Age 20
  • Tour 5 months
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire (Inadvertent)
  • Location New Jersey

escape attempt, crossfire

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Pfc Binder,
On today, the 57th anniversary of your death I would just like t say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy. I’m from Randolph, Massachusetts-just a few towns over from your hometown of Sharon.


United States Border Patrol

August 25, 2023

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