• GRETNA, Neb. -- Don Chew, Brighton, Colo., makes repairs to a canvas tarp on his 1917 Four Wheel Drive truck in the Gretna Middle School Parking lot, June 24. Chew's truck was built by the Four Wheel Drive Automotive Company of Clintonville, Wisc., in 1917.

    Don Chew

    GRETNA, Neb. -- Don Chew, Brighton, Colo., makes repairs to a canvas tarp on his 1917 Four Wheel Drive truck in the Gretna Middle School Parking lot, June 24. Chew's truck was built by the Four Wheel Drive Automotive Company of Clintonville, Wisc., in...

  • GRETNA, Neb. -- Retired Staff Sgt. Saul A. Marquez, Baldwin, Calif., poses with his 1941 Willis Jeep in the Gretna Middle School Parking lot, June 24. Marquez's Jeep is designed to look like a 1941 British "Desert Rat" vehicle.

    Retired Staff Sgt. Saul A. Marquez

    GRETNA, Neb. -- Retired Staff Sgt. Saul A. Marquez, Baldwin, Calif., poses with his 1941 Willis Jeep in the Gretna Middle School Parking lot, June 24. Marquez's Jeep is designed to look like a 1941 British "Desert Rat" vehicle.

  • GRETNA, Neb. -- Lewis Larson, Minneapolis, Minn., replaces an oil filter main line in the engine of a 1952 M-38A1 Jeep during a stop in the Gretna Middle School Parking lot, June 24. Larson is a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association that is retracing the route of the U.S. Army's Transcontinental Convoy, which traveled 3,251 miles in 62 days to prove that the Army of that day could successfully move equipment and personnel across the continental United States. Maintaining and fixing the old military vehicles is a constant challenge for the convoy participants due to the fact that for many of the vehicles, this marks the first sustained operational mission in decades.

    Lewis Larson

    GRETNA, Neb. -- Lewis Larson, Minneapolis, Minn., replaces an oil filter main line in the engine of a 1952 M-38A1 Jeep during a stop in the Gretna Middle School Parking lot, June 24. Larson is a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association...

  • Convoy driver, Joe Schaeffer, is a military vehicle enthusiast from Mount Ida, Arkansas.  He is driving a 1972 AM General M151A2 owned by Mr. Bill Barnes.  This historic vehicle is one of 28 that are a part of the Montgomery County Military Museum in Mount Ida.  The two joined the convoy in Clinton, IA and will separate in Cheyenne, Wyo., to return home.

    Joe Schaeffer

    Convoy driver, Joe Schaeffer, is a military vehicle enthusiast from Mount Ida, Arkansas. He is driving a 1972 AM General M151A2 owned by Mr. Bill Barnes. This historic vehicle is one of 28 that are a part of the Montgomery County Military Museum in...

  • Retired Army Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer, CW2 Sonny Heath, stands in front of his 1961 Dodge.  He shares his pride in the vehicle he has refitted with a diesel engine and hand painted just in time for the convoy ride from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA.  Heath was very close to not making this journey, as he was diagnosed with pneumonia just before his arrival in D.C.  The MVPA's on board doctor, Dr. James Laws, was able to treat the condition and Heath was completely recovered by the time he reached Iowa.

    Retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Sonny Heath

    Retired Army Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer, CW2 Sonny Heath, stands in front of his 1961 Dodge. He shares his pride in the vehicle he has refitted with a diesel engine and hand painted just in time for the convoy ride from Washington, DC to...

  • Bill Kreider (right), 82, is traveling with the MVPA from its start in Washington, DC to its completion in San Francisco, CA, and has had his bike, a 1942 Harley, about 5 years.  He served in the U.S. Constabulary in Germany for the majority of his time of service in the Army (Feb 1946 - Dec 1948).  The star on his bike is an emblem the Army started placing on its vehicles from 1942-1943 both on the sides and on the bonnets of "soft skinned" vehicles, and on the glacis plates of tanks during World War II.

Wallace Winkie (left) was born on a farm in Burt, Iowa. He is 92 years old and after returning home to Belle Plaine in 1945, he attended the Iowa State Teacher's College, and then taught at the school from 1949 until 1982. During WWII he served in Africa, Sicily and Italy in the 34th Infantry Division in which he frequently rode military Harley Davidson motorcycles like the one in the picture.

    Bill Kreider and Wallace Winkie

    Bill Kreider (right), 82, is traveling with the MVPA from its start in Washington, DC to its completion in San Francisco, CA, and has had his bike, a 1942 Harley, about 5 years. He served in the U.S. Constabulary in Germany for the majority of his...

  • Robert Neely (left) and Art Pope (right) joined the convoy with Pope's 1942 Ford 4-door Staff Car and are the Advanced Convoy party for the convoy as it travels from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, CA.  Pope has been a Chassis Engineer with Ford Motor Company for the last 40 years and currently lives in Detroit, Michigan.  In this picture he holds the original Ford manual issued with the WWII military vehicles.  The two prepare each town for the convoys arrival and ensure that they have adequate space to accomodate the more than 60 vehicles traveling with the convoy from town to town on the Lincoln Highway.

    Robert Neely and Art Pope

    Robert Neely (left) and Art Pope (right) joined the convoy with Pope's 1942 Ford 4-door Staff Car and are the Advanced Convoy party for the convoy as it travels from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, CA. Pope has been a Chassis Engineer with Ford...

  • Convoy commander, Terry Shellswell, leads the MVPA 2009 Transcontinental Convoy that will travel more than 3,200 miles across 11 states from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA. Shelswell has been a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association for 15 years, and though he has not personally served, his son Michael has served two tours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  "The response from the people [in the different towns] has been fabulous.  That is the truth," said Shelswell.  "Our guys seem to be filling a void.  People have been needing something to rally around -- something bigger that could instill a new sense of patriotism.  Its doing so for the towns, and for those participating as well."

    Terry Shellswell

    Convoy commander, Terry Shellswell, leads the MVPA 2009 Transcontinental Convoy that will travel more than 3,200 miles across 11 states from Washington, DC to San Francisco, CA. Shelswell has been a member of the Military Vehicle Preservation...

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