by Mark Sigrist
The subject of Military Vehicle Preservation Association (MVPA) convoys seems to be what I have been able to write about lately, for no apparent reason other than I seem to spend a lot of time contemplating them, planning for them (as part of the MVPA Convoys core cadre), preparing for them, and of course actually running in the events. The approaching holiday season, though, brought to mind our Christmas cards to family and friends. In the past, these have included a few seasonally appropriate HMV and family photos. Our rationale was to just dress up the photo with some simple, holiday decoration.
Our photos were of our 1943 Dodge WC56 Command Car following our adventures on the 2009 Lincoln Highway Convoy, and our 1993 AM General M35A3 following the 2012 Alaska Highway Convoy. Numerous convoy friends have had similar ideas. We have received a variety of Christmas cards over the years that included HMVs.
A time to reflect on past holidays.
My Father was a medic in the US Army Air Corps serving with the 3rd Attack/Bomb Group, 5th Air Forces in the Southwest Pacific during World War II. Bob Hope and his USO troupe (that included Jerry Colonna and Patty Thomas) visited his unit at Port Moresby in New Guinea. From that day onward, he was a lifelong fan of Bob Hope.
Growing up, I didn’t have time for oldies like Bob Hope. Then during Christmas of 1969, Bob Hope put on a show near where I was in Long Binh, Viet Nam. Johnny Bench, Ann-Margaret, and the Gold Diggers were part of the show.
From that day onward, I was a lifelong fan of Bob Hope. I’m sure he is still doing Christmas shows ‘for the troops’ on the other side.
To my fellow convoyers and historic military vehicle enthusiasts everywhere: Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Get those vehicles ready for the 2019 Lincoln Highway Convoy!