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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 Although they remained in inventory into the 1990s, the M-151 was superceded by the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) starting in 1985.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: 23 Nov 1940 Ford delivered the Pygmy prototype jeep to the US Army.  More 
23 Nov 1942 SS Ben Lomond sunk by German U-boat off the coast of Brazil.
23 Nov 1943 Deutsche Opernhaus, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and many other buildings destroyed by a 764 aircraft RAF bombing raid on Berlin [22-23 Nov].
23 Nov 1944 Strasbourg, in eastern France, liberated by French General LeClerc's 2nd Armored Division. Eisenhower orders controversial halt at the Rhine by US Sixth Army Group.
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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.

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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2nd Battalion, 138th Field Artillery, Kentucky National Guard, assigned to XXIV Corps, Vietnam, circa 1968.  Vehicle is M151A1 1/4-ton jeep. Courtesy Kentucky National Guard.
US Army military policemen observe an M-110 203mm (8-inch) howitzer passing by with a convoy of other vehicles, December 1978. At the right, an M151A2 jeep.
An 82nd Airborne Division M551 Sheridan light tank/reconnaissance vehicle is driven from US Army utility landing craft 1674 (LCU 1674), upon landing at Viegues Island during Operation OCEAN VENTURE 84, Puerto Rico, 20 April 1984.  M151A2 light utility vehicle (jeep) to the left.
M151A2 1/4-ton 4x4 (jeep).
M151A2 jeeps at Ft. Bliss, TX, January 1983. Photo:  Olive-Drab.com LLC
SGT John Ross and A1C John A. Denton guard the flight line entry control point from an M151A2 jeep during exercise BOLD EAGLE 82, 19 October 1981.

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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