Welcome to the Vintage Jeeps edition of Sideways!
We’re such suckers for old photos, and we truly enjoy seeing Jeeps serving our country equally to seeing the military men and women who drove them. If you have a photo like any of these tucked away, send them to us! It’s OK if it’s grainy and/or black and white. But we do need it to be scanned at a resolution as high as possible. Also tell us as much as you can—where the photo was taken, who the person is in the pic, in what capacity they served, and anything else you know. The image should be 1,600 by 1,200 pixels, or around 2 MB, and a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file. No PDFs. Email the image and backstory to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Sideways.
This is a photo of my dad, Nicholas E. Williams, taken while he served in the Army during the Korean War, circa 1953. He was an equipment hauler assigned to an Engineer Battalion.
Jeep, the Official Vehicle of the Manhattan Project?
Here is my grandfather, Claude Babcock, during WWII in Hanford, Washington. Not sure what year, but I’m assuming he was working on the Manhattan project.
This is my dad, Richard DeRosa of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1966 with his ’58 CJ. We took his picture sitting in my sister’s Jeep and loved seeing the span of years between his 1966 picture and the recent one of him. His love for Jeeps was passed on to both his daughters, who both have ’13 Jeep Wrangler Rubicons.