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My 1942 Jeep: It’s the Love of My Life

I guess that I developed my affection for Jeeps way back during WWII days. I was twelve years old when the war started, so I saw lots of photos of the Jeeps in magazines and newspapers and movies and in the MovieTone newsreels when we went to the movies on Saturday nights.

I was raised on a dairy farm in Marion, Wisconsin. When Willys started producing Jeeps for the civilian market, my brother and I convinced my Dad that a Jeep would really be a handy thing to have on the farm. After all, it had all sorts of available attachments like plows, cultivators, pulleys, and wood power saws etc. Brother and I had a real thing going.

The day came when Dad went to town to order a Jeep. That darned Jeep dealer said to my Dad, “Louie, you really don’t need a Jeep. A Ford-Ferguson tractor would serve you better” or words to that effect. Yes, the dealer just happened to also handle Ford tractors, so there went our dreams of having a Jeep on the farm. But looking back at it with the benefit of more mature judgment at my age, I’d say that the dealer was probably correct.

As time went on, Jeeps showed up more and more in movies and on TV in such features as Rat Patrol, Combat, and M*A*S*H*. My interest continued to grow.

Fast-forward about 25 years

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