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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

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the Truck, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54 at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

An M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo truck carrying refueling equipment is lowered to the pier after being hoisted from the deck of a ship during Exercise REFORGER '91, 24 August 1991.
Force Logistic Command (FLC) convoy of Trucks, Cargo, 5 Ton 6x6 M54 on a return trip from Vandergrift Combat Base to Dong Ha leave the main roadway of National Highway 9 to bypass a US Navy Seabee reconstruction project, Vietnam, 1969.  The convoys make the Dong Ha-Vandergrift run nearly everyday, carrying vital combat supplies bound for units of the 3rd Marine Division operating in the northern sector of I Corps.
7th Motor Transport Bn runs daily convoys of supplies left by the redeployed 3rd Marine Division, Vietnam, 1969.  Checking an engine over before the start of a run are, from left to right:  LCPL Donald A. Hipp, 1LT James M. Barnes and SGT Grover L. Jackson.  Vehicle appears to be M54 5-ton 6x6.
M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo truck at GSA Auction, April 2009.
A US Marine services a M54 Truck, Cargo, 5 ton 6x6 at the Beirut International airport, Apr 1983.
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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