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Chrysler Museum shows a 1941 jeep prototype tested at Fort Lewis

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on April 12, 2011 at 5:15 pm with 1 Comment »
April 12, 2011 5:15 pm
Photo courtesy of Walter P. Chrysler Museum

A little piece of Fort Lewis history will be a big part of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum’s “70 Years of Jeep” exhibit starting next week in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The show’s featured vehicle is the original 1941 Willys MA shown in the photo above. The museum says this jeep was delivered to Fort Lewis for testing by the 15th Infantry Regiment on July 5, 1941 in the run-up to World War II.

It was discovered “rusting away” at a farm near the base in 2001. It’s on loan to the museum from the from the private collection of George and Bernadette Hollins of Palos Park, Ill.

Here’s a look at the 15th Infantry Regiment in formation at Fort Lewis with four Willys MAs.

Photo courtesy of the Walter P. Chrysler Museum

The Willys MA didn’t see much action in World War II. It was a prototype that led to the development of one of the war’s distinctive vehicles, the Willys MB. The Chrysler museum will be showing one of those, too.

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  1. dirtydan54 says:

    Wonder what my 42 mb is worth

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