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Sideways Readers’ Vehicles

Posted in Features on November 1, 2015
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Photographers: Readers

Sideways: It’s all about the vintage/military Jeeps and carnage/breakage/sideways struggles! We want to see and hear about both, so send us a pic and don’t forget the most important parts of all: who is in the photo (first and last name), where it was taken, what year/type of Jeep, and any other fun backstory info. And tell us who you are and where you’re from, if you’re not the one in the photo. Make sure the photo is high resolution—1,600 by 2,000 pixels or around 2 megapixels in size—and a JPG (maximum quality), BMP, or TIFF file. No PDFs. Email the photo and story to with the subject line “Sideways.”

Jeeps in the Jeenes
Charlie Jendrusch of The Colony, Texas, was chatting with his uncle Fabian about Charlie’s Jeep obsession, when Fabian, whom Charlie describes as “a really great man that has touched the lives of many people,” told him he used to be a Jeeper, too. He served in Japan during the Korean War. Here’s proof of both service and Jeeper-ness.

River Ran Wild
William Walker of Evans, Georgia, is well aware of those square headlights on his Jeep, so you don’t need to break it to him. And he likes them. His mostly stock ’92 YJ has a minor lift and 31s, and he’s planning to swap out the four-banger for a six-cylinder. But enough about that, William took a short cut home from work, which was down by the river. “I didn’t make it,” he noted.

River Ran Through It
There really ought to be some sort of Learning Annex course on how to read deep water because Frank Polkowski did it, too. His stuck happened on a path that crossed a pond, but rains had made it deeper than usual. “As soon as we went in, the front end dropped and water started pouring in. It took one Jeep and a fullsize Chevy to get it out. Jeeps being Jeeps, I just replaced every fluid, drained the cylinders, and it fired right up.”

Hodges Heroes
As Mike Hodge from Peoria, Arizona, tells it, “These are two pictures from my brother Ronald Hodge (80 years old now) in Korea from 1957 to 1958. Ronnie was a Jeep driver for his company captain and lieutenant, taking them on their rounds. Ronnie didn’t remember the Jeep model he was driving, only that it was a Jeep. The second picture is of his Scout Company B on maneuvers north of Seoul about 20 miles south of the 38th Parallel. He said their orders were to hold off any attack from North Korea for two hours until reinforcements could arrive. The company was worried that their mission might be very, very short.”

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