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In 2020, the staff of Military Vehicles Magazine hosted its first, online "Virtual All-World Military Vehicle Show." We invited people to submit photos of their historic military vehicle to the Facebook Group. Visitors to the group could vote for their favorite vehicles by "liking" the posts. 

Military Vehicle Hall of Fame: What it Means

After several months, the 2020 Virtual Show closed, votes were tabulated, and winners announced. The winners of each of the six categories became the first inductees in the Military Vehicle Hall of Fame. 

Each year, as more winners are declared, they will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame. 

In no way, does induction to the Hall of Fame indicate "correctness" or accuracy of a restoration, however. It is simply a reflection of the people's choice — what they like. 

It is a distinction that says, "This vehicle is acknowledged by the majority of viewers" — an honor the vehicle will carry forward. The Hall of Fame is Military Vehicle Magazine's way of acknowledging this honor and preserving the record.  

1/4-ton Vehicles (Jeeps)

1955 M38A1 inducted 2020

Timothy Slawson's M38A1

Timothy Slawson's M38A1

*Model of Vehicle: M38A1

*Year of Manufacture: 1955

*Serial number / VIN: MD 85286

*Restored by: Tim Slawson with assistance from the Monroe Marauders, Inc. and Dwain Macks for the engine. Body work and painting by Key Largo Collision, Key Largo, Florida.

*Owner when inducted: Timothy Slawson

*Owner's Statement: Found on a farm in Alabama. Formerly a US Air Force vehicle so restored as a US Air Force Air Police vehicle with a tribute to father, Calvin Slawson, who served in the US Air Force as a canine security officer.

1953 M38A1 inducted 2021

Mike Newberry's 1953 M38A1, 3/4 front view from passenger's side. Two US flags attached to front bumper that wave above the hood.

Mike Newberry's 1953 M38A1

Model of Vehicle: M38A1

*Year of Manufacture: 1953

*Serial number / VIN: MD 5744

*Restored by: Mike Newberry and son Nathan

*Owner when inducted: Mike Newberry

*Owner's Statement: This was a 2-year frame-off restoration. The unit markings are for the unit my father was in when the Jeep was manufactured in 1953.

Trucks, 1/2-3/4-ton

1952 M37 inducted 2020

Murray Woodhouse's M37

Murray Woodhouse's M37

*Model of Vehicle: Dodge M37 4x4 Cargo Truck

*Year of Manufacture: 1952*

*Serial number / VIN: S/N 80008470 - Production sequence 2458 delivered June 1951

*Restored by: HP (Pat) Underwood, Mount Vernon, Ohio 2006 - 2009

*Owner when inducted: Murray Woodhouse

*Owner's Statement: Imported into New Zealand in 2017 after completing the 2017 MVPA Route 66 Convoy. In 2018, the motor, brakes, and gearbox were overhauled. I purchased the truck in May 2020. It is one of only three M37s in New Zealand and is an active participant in New Zealand Military Vehicles convoys and events. It is a thrill and a privilege to own this truck.

1953 M37 inducted 2021

Keith Gabrielson's M37.

Keith Gabrielson's M37. 

*Model of Vehicle: Dodge M37 4x4 Cargo Truck

*Year of Manufacture: 1953

*Serial number / VIN: S/N 80250430

*Restored by: Keith Gabrielson and Gary Gabrielson

*Owner when inducted: Keith Gabrielson

*Owner's Statement: I restored this 1953 M37 with my Father, Gary Gabrielson. I purchased it in Montana from a ranch family. We restored it in a way to preserve the truck's and my family history. The numbers on the hood pay tribute to my Grandfather enlisting, Father's birthday year, and the year I enlisted. The bumper numbers and name are a clone of my Grandfather's WWII CCKW.

Trucks, 1 to 2-ton

1967 M715 inducted 2020

David Schwarz's 1967 M715

David Schwarz's 1967 M715

*Model of Vehicle: Kaiser Jeep M715 Weapons Carrier

*Year of Manufacture: 08/1967

*Serial Number / VIN: #14420

*Restored and owned by: David Schwarz

*Owner's Statement: I bought this M715 in Sept. of 2004 and began restoration in December of 2004. I rolled it out of my shop April of 2005 — all finished. 

Restoration was a complete frame off and every piece of metal was stripped to bare metal. This was my first MV and has led to my green iron disease which has led me to a total of 5 vehicles in my current motorpool. 

She is no trailer queen and I drive quite often, especially in the summer with the top down. In 2011, I displayed it at the Dayton MVPA Convention and won a gold metal with it. 

This vehicle is marked for the 313th ASA out of FT. Bragg which was a unit in which my father served during the early 1960s. 

The most fun I have with this (and all my other military vehicles) is getting the opportunity to help the local veterans in parades around the area. Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veterans Day, and the Moving Vietnam Wall, to name just some of the great area parades we have taken the vehicles to.

1967 M725 Ambulance inducted 2021

Dave Schwarz's 1967 Kaiser Jeep M725 Ambulance. 

Dave Schwarz's 1967 Kaiser Jeep M725 Ambulance. 

*Model of Vehicle: Kaiser Jeep M725 Ambulance

*Year of Manufacture: 1967

*Serial number / VIN: 11515

*Restored by: Dave Schwarz

*Owner when inducted: Dave Schwarz

*Owner's Statement: I bought and restored this vehicle back in 2014. Luckily, it was fairly original when I bought it and only missing a few small items. After fresh paint and markings, I have taken this ambulance to several shows and love using it in local parades and events. It's marked for my uncles unit. He served two tours in Vietnam with the 11th Combat Aviation Batt., 759th Medical of the 173rd Assault Helicopter Co.— the "Robin Hoods out of Phu Loi."

Trucks, 2-1/2-ton and Larger

1970 AM General M35A2 inducted 2020

Mike Davidsen's M35A2

Mike Davidsen's M35A2

*Model of Vehicle: M35A2 2-1/2 ton Cargo Truck — "Deuce-and-a-half"

*Year of Manufacture: 1970

*Restored by: Mike Davidsen

*Owner when inducted: Mike Davidsen

*Owner's Statement: Truck was purchased at auction just after rebuild at auction in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania. Unit had 38 miles on the odometer when purchased. Driven to many military vehicle shows and off-roading events in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Maryland, and Indiana. 

1990 M936A2 Wrecker inducted 2021

Scott Penniman's M936A2 Wrecker

Scott Penniman's M936A2 Wrecker

*Model of Vehicle: M936A2

*Year of Manufacture: 1990

*Restored by: Scott Penniman

*Owner when inducted: Scott Penniman

*Owner's Statement: 

Armor and Tracked Vehicles

1941 White M2A1 Half-Track inducted 2020

Keith Spillman's M2A1

Keith Spillman's M2A1

*Model of Vehicle: White M2A1

*Year of Manufacture: 1941

*Serial number / VIN: 231640

*Restored by: Keith Spillman

*Owner when inducted: Keith Spillman

*Owner's Statement: She was used for training during WWII on a Army base in Colorado. When she was sold as surplus, a railroad bought her to move cars around rail yard. Later, she went to Texas where she sat for many years before coming to North Carolina around 2000. 

I restored the half-track as a tribute to all the men that trained on her but who never returned home after the war.

1969 Cadillac Gage V100 Commando (M706) inducted 2021

Dave Chaney’s 1969 Cadillac Gage V100 Commando M706 Amphibious Armored Car

Dave Chaney’s 1969 Cadillac Gage V100 Commando M706 Amphibious Armored Car.

*Model of Vehicle: Cadillac Gage V100 Commando (M706)

*Year of Manufacture: 1969

*Registration Number: US Army 13A12569

*Restored by: Dave Chaney

*Owner when inducted: Dave Chaney

*Owner's Statement: I probably don’t have the space to list all of the people who helped me find all of the parts and pieces to complete my restoration. It took more than ten years to find everything. My friends Steve and Ditmar helped me complete it over the last few years. The nose art and markings are correct to the originals this that marked this vehicle while serving in Pleiku, Vietnam. The markings were found and documented when the hull was sanded down prior to repaint.

All Other Military Vehicles

1941 Plymouth Special Deluxe  inducted 2020

Kenny Ganz's Plymouth Special Deluxe Staff Car

Kenny Ganz's Plymouth Special Deluxe Staff Car 

*Model of Vehicle: Plymouth p12 Special Deluxe

*Year of Manufacture: 1941

*Serial number / VIN: Body#300 A 67344 U.S.#137289

*Restored by: Ed Roach and Kenny Ganz

*Owner when inducted: Kenny Ganz

*Owner's Statement: The furthest back I can trace the vehicle is from a now defunct used car dealer in New Jersey in 1972. I acquired it in 1993 in Duchess County NY.

During the restoration completed by Ed Roach and myself, we were able to determine the U.S.A. number as 137289. An interesting find upon re-doing the interior was that I discovered a copy of a War Department issued Staff Officers' Field Manual dated June 15th 1941 beneath the rear seat. 

My wife and I really enjoy taking it to parades and car shows so that folks today can understand and appreciate a not-so-common historic military vehicle. 

1941 Oldsmobile Model 76 Staff Car inducted 2021

1941 Oldsmobile Model 76 Staff Car

Rob Frederick's 1941 Olds Model 76 staff car. 

*Model of Vehicle: Oldsmobile Model 76

*Year of Manufacture: 1941

*Serial number / VIN: Registration no. USA 33619959

*Restored by: Rob Frederick and his Daughter Devynn

*Owner when inducted: Rob Frederick

*Owner's Statement: The car was built to recreate the 1941 Olds my Father drove in Italy during WWII while serving with the 15 Air Force. One of his duties was being a driver for the base's General. He spoke often how that Olds was the first car he ever drove with an automatic transmission.

1941 Indian 640 inducted 2021

1941 Indian 640, right side view

John Neuenburg's 1941 Indian 640

*Model of Vehicle: Indian 640

*Year of Manufacture: 1941

*Restored by: Former owner

*Owner when inducted: John Neuenburg

*Owner's Statement: Purchased in 1985, the former owner restored it. Came with ancient recap tires, one with a yellow stencil on the side saying, "PORT TRANSPORT..." Current tires are incorrect. I had to find the luggage carrier that is unique to the military 640, and the center stand that I think is unique to 1940 Sport Scouts. Bike is what got me into the military vehicle hobby.

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