IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

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IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by Ben Dover » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:28 am

Take for example, my 1944 MB.
It was surplused in the fall of 1946 at DOW FIELD, ME when well known WWII ETO Ace Col. Glenn Eagleston was the Base Commander and former US Army Heavyweight boxing champion Sgt Joe Strang was a Supply Sgt at Dow. The 14th Fighter Group was at Dow awaiting their new F-84 Jets and the 3 squadrons were filled with WWII Aces and even some WW-I pilots. If only it could talk. :wink:
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by GI. » Wed Nov 29, 2017 6:32 pm

Thank's Ben,
Very refreshing, always enjoy hearing about JEEP's. :wink:
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by twinflyer17 » Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:14 am

This is cool. It's great that you know where your jeep came from and also the history of the base during the time it served! All most of us can do is just try to imagine what our jeeps might have seen during their military service!
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by Ben Dover » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:03 am

What makes the Dow Field connection nice is that my oldest friend, born 1900, was an old time mechanic who got his start prior to 1920 and worked as a civilian mechanic 41-45 at Dow. Andy, our foreign car specialist in the late 50's was in the 14th at Dow and was trained on the P-84A at MUROC as there P-84 production had not yet begun. Lew Vafiades, was the Group Legal Officer, and a prominent Bangor attorney. I used to have regular telephone conversations with 14th Officers, one was Col Lew Chick, a WWII MTO Ace.. All are gone now, but their names live on in AAF and USAF history and in my memory as if the events were recent. My MB belonged to Sarah Green a legendary female Registered Maine Guide from 46 to 70, I discovered her MB back in 1964 while doing some back woods highway surveying near the Katahdin Iron Works where she lived for over 70 years.
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by GI. » Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:44 am

Ben,
That's very interesting, look's like you have quite a history yourself. always enjoy your post. :)
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by Ben Dover » Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:02 pm

Also during that time period my MB was active at Dow Field, noted WWII Aces, George Laven, Lew Chick, Ray Wetmore, Raymond Littge, Arvid Olsen, Jon Petrovich, Sgt Joe Strang, Army Heavyweight Champ (who taught me to ride my bicycle) a couple years later, and my long time buddy Pvt Denzil (Soldier Watson) Base Welterweight Boxing Champ.
WWII Ace Glenn Eagleston was Base CO.
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by Ben Dover » Tue Feb 27, 2018 1:53 pm

And thinking ahead, my MB was used by General Chuck Yeager, guest of honor at the Bangor ANG Base Air Show in 1996. I watched him do aerobatics in a P-51D that were beyond imagination. He was 73 at the time and a perfect gentleman.
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Re: IT'S NICE TO THINK BACK-JEEPS DO HAVE HISTORY

Post by Ben Dover » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:14 pm

One gets to meet a little history here and there in this MV hobby, in addition to spending 3 hours with General Chuck Yeager in my MB at an airshow, I had a few phone conversations with WWII cartoonist Bill Mauldin. First call was on a snowy Christmas Eve to ask permission to paint Willie and Joe on either side of my CCKW cab. Even sold him a few CJ Jeep parts.Bill had a CJ-2 Jeep that he got a deal on from Willys when he had a summer camp here in Maine about 30 miles from here.Bill had a colorful vocabulary.
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