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Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54

The Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54 is part of the G-744 (or M-39) series of 5 ton 6x6 trucks. Details of the history, model numbers, and configurations of the M39-series of trucks are on the linked page.

The 5-ton rated M54 Cargo Truck was the Army and Marine Corps' workhorse truck in Vietnam. They not only carried troops and supplies, but were also converted to be "Gun Trucks" by adding armor and weapons such as Quad-50 machine guns. M54s were also used by the other U.S. Armed Services including the Navy and Air Force.

M54 5-ton cargo truck, at a US Government auction, April 2009
M54 5-ton cargo truck, at a US Government auction, April 2009.

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Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54 Photos

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2nd Maintenance Bn, 2nd Force Service Support Group, perform a maintenance inspection on a Marine M-54 5-ton 6x6 truck in a staging area, Wilmington, NC, 5 Sep 1981
M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo truck at GSA Auction, April 2009.
1970 General Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54 is owned and restored by Brian Davis, Findlay OH. He purchased it in 2007.  Photo taken at the Vintage Aircraft Gathering, National Museum of the United States Air Force, Wright Field, Dayton, OH, 27-28 September 2008.
A 50-truck convoy from 7th Motor Transport Battalion pulls to a brief halt near the summit of 1,300-foot Hai Van pass near Da Nang on its homeward trip to Quang Tri Combat Base, 102 miles to north, Vietnam, 1969.  The convoys haul retrograde cargo to Da Nang for shipment back to the United States and return to Quang Tri with fresh supplies to support 3rd Marine Division operations in the republic's northernmost province.  Trucks appear to be M52 5-ton tractors with semitrailers and M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo trucks.
7th Motor Transport Battalion Roughrider convoy from Da Nang to An Hoa, Vietnam, 31 July 1968.  Vehicles appear to be M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo trucks, the near one with a semi-trailer on dolly.
Pvt. 2 Melvin Hurston, 34th Signal Corps, digs a fox hole at the new location of the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment during Operation Desert Storm.  Behind him is an M54 5-ton 6x6 truck carrying a communications shelter.

Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54 Photo Gallery

The BOUNTY HUNTER was an early M54, 5-ton Quad 50 gun truck from the 444th Transportation Company, Vietnam. The crew was credited with wiping out a large enemy force when they caught them crossing the road. (Bruce Barnes) Photo courtesy of Frank Suha, from the book The Hard Ride; Vietnam Gun Trucks.
The BOUNTY HUNTER was an early M54, 5-ton Quad 50 gun truck from the 444th Transportation Company. The crew was credited with wiping out a large enemy force when they caught them crossing the road. (Bruce Barnes) Photo courtesy of Planet Art Publishing, from the book Hard Ride- Vietnam Gun Trucks (Volume 2) . See also Hard Ride- Vietnam Gun Trucks (Volume 1) .

USMC rough terrain forklift unloading cargo from an M54 drop-side cargo truck, Lebanon, April 1983.
USMC rough terrain forklift unloading cargo from an M54 drop-side cargo truck, Lebanon, April 1983. Note the tall intake on the air cleaner, typical of USMC M54 trucks.

M54A2 located at U.S. Navy facility,  Port Hueneme, CA, November 2005.  Left front 3/4 view.
M54A2 located at U.S. Navy facility, Port Hueneme, CA, November 2005. Left front 3/4 view. Photo: Government Liquidation.com

M54A2 located at U.S. Navy facility,  Port Hueneme, CA, November 2005.  Left rear 3/4 view.
M54A2 located at U.S. Navy facility, Port Hueneme, CA, November 2005. Left rear 3/4 view. Photo: Government Liquidation.com.

1969 Kaiser Jeep M54A2 with winch, located at Tinker AFB, OK, November 2005.
1969 Kaiser Jeep M54A2 with winch, located at Tinker AFB, OK, November 2005. Photo: Government Liquidation.com.

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