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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 Although they remained in inventory into the 1990s, the M-151 was superceded by the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) starting in 1985.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.

Today in WW II: 20 Apr 1945 Northern Italy: US 5th Army breaks out beyond the Apennines, into the broad Po River Valley, forcing retreat across the Po by forces of German Gen. Heinrich Von Vietinghoff.   

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.

Click on this link for much more information about the M-151 series jeeps.

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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A member of Combat Support Company, 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division, guards a captured opposing force column with an M-60 machine gun mounted on an M-151 1/4-ton 4x4 light vehicle during the joint U.S/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT 85, Hongcheon, S. Korea, 26 March 1985.
M151A2 jeep.
2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, Kentucky National Guard, assigned to XXIV Corps, Vietnam, circa 1968.  Vehicles are M151A1 1/4-ton jeeps. Courtesy Kentucky National Guard.
USMC M151A2 jeeps drive toward Green Beach as the 22nd Marine Amphibious Unit redeploys back to ships of Amphibious Squadron 4 at the conclusion of a multinational peacekeeping operation in Lebanon, 26 Feb 1984.  Note deepwater fording kit on each jeep.
An M-151 1/4-ton 4x4 light vehicle (jeep) eqipped with a fording kit, during Exercise Solid Shield 85, Onslow Beach, Camp Lejeune, NC, June 1985.
Train load of M151 jeeps (M151A1 and M151A2), going from Pyong Taek to Pusan Port following US/South Korean Exercise TEAM SPIRIT 87, 15 Apr 1987.

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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