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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 Although they remained in inventory into the 1990s, the M-151 was superceded by the High Mobility Multi-Purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) starting in 1985.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 Oct 1941 Romanian troops slaughter over 20,000 Jews in the Odessa area, in reprisal for bomb set by Soviets.  More 
23 Oct 1942 2nd Battle of El Alamein, Egypt begins; British successfully driving the German Afrika Korps out of Egypt [23 Oct-4 Nov].
23 Oct 1944 Naval Battle of Leyte Gulf begins in the Philippines, protecting US 6th Army Leyte beachheads from sea based attack [23-26 Oct].
23 Oct 1944 Palawan Island, Japanese armada detected on route to Leyte; American submarines sink two Japanese cruisers.
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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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SSGT Joseph M. Benavente and PVT Joseph M. Lake, 25th Infantry Division, perform maintenance on an M151 jeep during annual training exercises, Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, 18 May 1983
Soldiers with an M151A2 1/4-ton 4x4, painted in gloss olive drab with black lettering, near Neuschwanstein Castle (background), Germany, October 1974.
Combat engineers using LVTP-7 for transportation, followed by M-151 jeep with M416 trailer, Marine Corps Air-to-Ground Combined Training, Twentynine Palms, CA, 1 Nov 1981.  Towed behind the LVTP-7 appears to be a Mine Clearing Line Charge mounted on an M353 trailer.
Task Force Sunder, commanded by LTC Charles Sunder, arrived with the 159th Bn headquarters, 71st Trans Service Company, at Wunder Beach, Thon My Thuy, Vietnam, March 1968.  They were later nicknamed Sunder's Wunders, as used on these M151A1 jeeps.
M151A2 jeeps at Ft. Bliss, TX, January 1983. Photo:  Olive-Drab.com LLC
M151 'Dune Buggy' assembled by the staff of the Naval Communication Station, Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. In the photo, Commander William J. Longhi poses with the jeep, used to patrol the perimeter.

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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