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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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M54 5-ton 6x6 cargo truck at GSA Auction, April 2009.
Withdrawal of Marines from Vandegrift Combat Base, Vietnam, 26 September 1969.  Use heavy equipment bull dozers to clean food storage area.  71st Engineers Headquarters.  Truck in background may be M54 5-ton 6x6.
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.
Convoy of M54 5-ton 6x6 trucks carries Marines, 7th Motor Transport Battalion Roughrider convoy from Da Nang to An Hoa, Vietnam, 31 July 1968.
FLC Seventh Motor Transport Battalion is carrying everything from boots to huge 175mm gun barrels through small hamlets and winding roads to Force Logistic Command near Da Nang, Vietnam, 1969.  The supplies were left by the redeployed 3rd Marine Division located in Quang Tri.  Trucks appear to be M54 5-ton 6x6.  M151 jeep with trailer visible on right.  Gun barrels probably for M-107 175mm Self-propelled Gun.
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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