Got an old dusty memento of Jeep culture from the past, snapshots of granny and grandpa picnicking in the shade of their CJ-2A, or a relative in uniform with their trusty gas-horse? Scan ’em and send ’em to Sideways, Vintage Edition, firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be proud to share ’em.
My mom gave me this picture of a jeep carrying two American soldiers. The picture was taken in her hometown of Huy, Belgium in the winter of 1944. She was 15 years old at the time. The soldiers were coming back from Bastogne (Bataille des Ardennes). She wanted to share it with the Jp magazine people.
I have attached some pictures from 1944 at a temporary Army Air Corp base in Salinas, California. My mom (Anna Schandl at the time) joined the WACS in 1943 for the duration of the war. After the WACS was absorbed into the Army Air Corp in 1944, she attained the rank of sergeant and was in the photography section at the base. I know she developed these pictures herself, and she is proud to have served at a time when women were looked down upon for joining the service.
Pictures A and B are next to a jeep at the base just before their first flight (notice the parachutes) in an A-20 twin-engine bomber. They took pictures of the formations the A-20s flew in. Mom is the one in the hat and the other girl is her friend, Helen Pozdol.
This picture is next to a jeep with her friends Myrtle Patton and Reba Van Der Bosch. Mom is standing on the jeep. I don’t have any other information on the jeep but I know you can identify them easily. My mom is still alive and kicking at 91 and lives by herself. Feisty!
David Schutzenhofer, St. Louis, MO