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Today in WW II: 13 Dec 1937 Nanking, China surrenders beginning the Rape of Nanking.  More 
13 Dec 1941 Hungary and Bulgaria declare war on United States.
13 Dec 1944 American forces take the towns of Gey and Strass, bringing US troops to the Roer River, ending the intense phase of the battle of the Hürtgen Forest.
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R-4 Caterpillar Bulldozer / Tractor

Caterpillar introduced the R4 (6G series) in 1938, based on the earlier Caterpillar Thirty, and the R4 was produced until 1944. It was powered by a 4 cyl. gasoline engine and had both a 44 inch and a 60 inch track gauge (width). The R-4 had only one upper track roller, compared to two rollers on the Cat Thirty. The later D4 Caterpillar tractor was based on the R-4.

The rear winch was a Hyster D4 while the power control unit was by LaTourneau.

The dataplate states that the maximum drawbar pull is 7,332 lbs. and the maximum ground speed is 5.4 mph.

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USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.

Data plate of USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX.  Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit
Data plate of USN Seebee R-4 Caterpillar Tractor with bulldozer blade, Carswell Strategic Air Command Base, Ft. Worth, TX. Photographed 10 November 2006. Photo: Courtesy of Bob Pettit.