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.
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.