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M-151 Series Army Jeep

The M-151 series was the last of the 1/4 ton jeeps that started in World War II, produced by Ford and AM General from 1960 to 1969. Although they remained in inventory into the 1990s, the M-151 was superceded by the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) starting in 1985.

82nd Airborne Division paratrooper with an M151A2 jeep, following a jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Exercise Gallant Eagle, Ft. Irwin, CA, April 1982
82nd Airborne Division paratrooper with an M151A2 jeep, following a jump from a C-130 Hercules aircraft during Exercise Gallant Eagle, Ft. Irwin, CA, April 1982.

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M151, M151A1, M151A2 1/4 Ton Jeep and Variants

The M151 family of vehicles includes:

The M-416 1/4 Ton Trailer was commonly used with the M-151 series jeeps.

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Recognition guide for M151 (left), M151A1 (middle) and M151A2 (right).  The three photos show the left front fender with no turn signals on the M151, a small turn signal light on the M151, and the large composite light on the M151A2. The fender of the M151A2 is cupped to hold the larger light.  These differences are the easiest way to distinguish the three models of M151 jeep.
Recognition guide for M151 (left), M151A1 (middle) and M151A2 (right). The three photos show the left front fender with no turn signals on the M151, a small turn signal light on the M151, and the large composite light on the M151A2. The fender of the M151A2 is cupped to hold the larger light. These differences are the easiest way to distinguish the three models of M151 jeep.

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M151A2 jeep unloads from a C-141B Starlifter aircraft, from the 62nd Military Airlift Wing, during Exercise KINDLE LIBERTY 83, Dec 1982.  Note tape on lights  and cushioning material under the folded windshield.
A Colombian security officer stands guard by several M-151A2 1/4-ton 4x4 jeep vehicles parked in a holding area after being unloaded from a 438th Military Airlift Wing C-141B Starlifter aircraft, Bogota, Columbia, 9 September 1989. The vehicles and other equipment are being delivered to Colombia as part of Operation Pour Over.
A US Army military policewoman directs convoy of armored vehicles, December 1978.  Jeep to right is M151A2, vehicle to left is M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier, a variant of the M113APC.
USAF personnel back an M-151A2 jeep into C-130 Hercules aircraft for transport to Travis Field, GA, during the 314th Tactical Airlift Wing's operational readiness exercise Purple Penny, Little Rock AFB, AR, 26 Sep 1983.
A bulldozer and M39-series 5-ton dump truck of the 116th Engineer Battalion surfacing a section of QL-20 between Bao Loc and Camp B'Sar, Vietnam. This was one of the major supply routes used to maintain Allied forces in region northwest of Saigon. Security team in the M151-series jeep on right.
Members of the US Army Berlin Brigade observe a segment of the Berlin Wall from the West German side, using an M151A2 jeep, 26 January 1989. Members of the wall patrol are chosen from brigade units on a rotating basis, patrols usually including six men in two jeeps sent out daily.

M-151 Series Military Jeeps Photo Gallery

M-151A2 in woodland camouflage
M-151A2 in woodland camouflage.

M-151A1, Courtesy of Joe Young
M-151A1, Courtesy of Joe Young.

M-151A2 with M-60 machine gun. Courtesy of Jeff Symanski of Tactical Truck
M-151A2 with M-60 7.62mm machine gun. Courtesy of Jeff Symanski of Tactical Truck.

M-151 being prepped for a road test at Raritan Arsenal, NJ. Courtesy of Daniel Terp
M-151 being prepped for a road test at Raritan Arsenal, NJ. Courtesy of Daniel Terp.

M-151s in storage at Raritan Arsenal, NJ. Courtesy of Daniel Terp
M-151s in storage at Raritan Arsenal, NJ. Courtesy of Daniel Terp.

M-151A2. Courtesy of Joe Young
M-151A2. Courtesy of Joe Young.

M-151 or M-151A1 in Berlin, Germany
M-151 or M-151A1 in Berlin, Germany.

Close-up of M-151 fitted with arctic hard top
Close-up of M-151 fitted with arctic hard top.

` USMC M-151A1s from the Radio Relay Platoon, Telecommunications Company, 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMFLant, Camp LeJeune, Summer 1971. Courtesy of Rd1 M.J.Jourden, USCG (Ret)
USMC M-151A1s from the Radio Relay Platoon, Telecommunications Company, 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMFLant, Camp LeJeune, Summer 1971.
Courtesy of Rd1 M.J.Jourden, USCG (Ret).

USMC M-151A1s fitted with high water fording apparatus from the Radio Relay Platoon, Telecommunications Company, 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMFLant, Camp LeJeune, Summer 1971. Courtesy of Rd1 M.J.Jourden, USCG (Ret)
USMC M-151A1s fitted with high water fording apparatus from the Radio Relay Platoon, Telecommunications Company, 2nd Marine Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, FMFLant, Camp LeJeune, Summer 1971.
Courtesy of Rd1 M.J.Jourden, USCG (Ret).

126th Supply & Service Company, Illinois National Guard.  Assigned to 23rd Supply and Transportation Battalion, Vietnam, 1968-1969
126th Supply & Service Company, Illinois National Guard
Assigned to 23rd Supply and Transportation Battalion, Vietnam, 1968-1969.

Armored M-151A2 at 89 Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, TX, December 2005.Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
Armored M-151A2 at 89 Military Police Brigade, Fort Hood, TX, December 2005. Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

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