This is my Navy Jeep that came off of USS Dunn County LST. This LST earned 3 battle stars in WWII and 5 more during the Korean War. This Jeep was declared surplus and sold after the LST was retired to the scrap yard after serving many years for U.S. Marine beach landing training at Camp LeJune, North Carolina. This may have been the LST that I trained on as a young Marine trainee around 1958. The Jeep was restored a couple of years ago by the fellow who purchased it out of Norfolk, Virginia. The engine was rebuilt by Jasper Engines to factory specs. This Willys M38A1 only has a little over 18 K miles.
I am the director of the Cecil D. Buchanan War Museum located at American Legion Post 3 in Greenville SC, so a lot of admirers each nice weekend (I never drive it in bad weather) get to enjoy it. It is embarrassing for a former Marine grunt to ride around in a Navy Jeep, but since I did serve some time as a Marine MP at the Naval Brig in Philadelphia Navy Yard, maybe this will be OK.
Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog Story – Peter Butchart
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