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US Military WW II M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)

More information about the M-5H-6 International Harvester Cargo Truck is found on the linked page.

Find additional photos and hi-res versions of the IH M-5H-6 2 1/2-ton 6x6 truck at the Olive-Drab Military Mashup:

M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2-ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651) with 12 foot bed, Holabird Quartermaster Depot, circa 1941.
Crewmen aboard the USS ESSEX (CV-9) contributed 1,061 pints of blood to set record for units in far east according to 1LT Charles W. True, (MC) US Army in charge of 306th mobile blood bank unit. Yokosuka, Japan, 29 September 1951.  Truck on the dock (left) appears to be an M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck.  The mobile blood bank being lifted appears to be a GMC AFKX or AFKWX COE 2 1/2-Ton, 6x6.
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck, short wheel base model.  Used primarily by the USMC and Navy during WW II and Korea.
Marines unload medical supplies and food which has just arrived in a USMC Douglas R5D-2 Skymaster cargo plane from Japan, at an airfield near Chunchon, Korea, 1950.  The truck is an International Harvester M-5H-6 2 1/2-ton 6x6.
Discharged from the U.S. Navy Seebees just three weeks earlier, Joseph Hickey drives his newly purchased International Harvester M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 cargo truck away from a surplus property sale held in Tacoma, WA, February 1946. Hickey's was the first automotive purchase and here he is congratulated by Lt. Cmdr. Walter Rierson, Commanding Officer of the Navy Materials Redistribution Center in Tacoma, WA.
Equipment stored at an Engineer Depot, Korea, September 1952.  Trailers with  M-5H-6 International Harvester Cargo Truck in foreground.

Military trucks produced by International Harvester in the World War II era used a three part model number: M for Military, a second number indicating how many half-tons of off-road capacity, and a third number indicating the number of driven wheels. Example: M-2-4 is a one-ton model, 4x4. In some cases, an additional letter was inserted to further specify the model.

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M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651) with 9 foot bed. Two piece windshield is unusual.

M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651)
M-5H-6 International Harvester 2 1/2 Ton 6x6 Cargo Truck (G-651) with 12 foot bed.

Marines struggle to position M101 105mm Light Howitzer Okinawa, 1945.  Short wheelbase M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 was used as a prime mover
Marines struggle to position M101 105mm Light Howitzer, Okinawa, 1945. Short wheelbase M-5H-6 2 1/2 ton 6x6 (right, rear) was used as a prime mover.

Marines in M-5H-6 6x6 trucks make slow progress during torrential rains on Okinawa, May 1945
Marines in M-5H-6 6x6 trucks make slow progress during torrential rains on Okinawa, May 1945.

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