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Willys "Jeep"

 
 
Willys "Jeep" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
1. Willys "Jeep" Marker
Inscription.  
In 1939, the idea of a universal military vehicle was in the making. The army needed a replacement for the vehicles they had been using. They used motorcycles and side cars from World War I, and vehicles like the modified Ford Model T. The military wanted new standards for the vehicles they used. The military submitted the standards to American auto makers, lead capacity of 600 pounds; wheelbase under 75 inches, height under 36 inches, engine run smoothly from 3 to 50 miles per hour, rectangular shaped body, two speed transfer case with four wheel drive, windshield that folds down, three bucket seats, blackout and driving lights, gross vehicle weight under 1200 pounds. 137 companies had been invited to submit designs but only three did. Willys-Overland was granted the production contract and began production in 1941. In all, more than 350,000 "Jeeps" were produced during the 1940's in support of the war effort. The military paid $738.74 per vehicle.

During the War Ford built the vehicle using Willys-Overland blue prints. The name "Jeep" also has an interesting history. The name is generally accepted to have come from the Ford
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name for its general purpose vehicle, of GP for short. When slurred together it sounds like "Jeep." Willys made the word "Jeep" its trademark. After the Second World War, Willys soon realized that there would be a huge market for a civilian version of the Jeep with returned servicemen. Willys had begun to promote the versatility of the Jeep vehicle as a work and recreational vehicle as early at 1942, but all Jeep production had been allocated to supplying the military. Jeeps have been used since World War II, and are still used by all military branches of Service at present. This particular jeep served in the Korean War.

Dolard Gendron, US Navy, World War II • Arthur F. Gendron, US Army, Korea • Bertrand A. Gendron, US Army, Korea • Maurice P. Gendron, US Air Force, Korea • Claude L. Gendron, US Army, Korea

God bless our family and country

 
Erected by Mr. & Mrs. Dolard & Priscilla Gendron.
 
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Roads & VehiclesWar, KoreanWar, World II. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
 
Location. 44° 5.858′ N, 70° 13.292′ W. Marker is in Lewiston, Maine, in Androscoggin County. Memorial is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 202) and Lincoln Street, on the right when
Willys "Jeep" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), November 11, 2021
2. Willys "Jeep" Marker
traveling west on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 38 Main St, Lewiston ME 04240, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Richard E. White (here, next to this marker); Naval Air Station Gun (here, next to this marker); "Remember the Maine" (a few steps from this marker); Gold Star Families Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam War (a few steps from this marker); Vietnam Wall (within shouting distance of this marker); Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewiston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 185 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 17, 2021, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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