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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:59 am    Post subject: where do you search for jeeps service history? Reply with quote

I was wondering where do you look to find out the service history of my jeep. I would like to know what branch used it and if it was ever sent any where. I am sure it is public domain I just don't know where to start.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

After a US Military vehicle is sold / disposed off by the military all records for that vehicle are destroyed, thus no formal record of the vehicles history.

If you have the registration number from the hood, then it is a matter of looking thru old photos and such to see where if the jeep is in them. Old unit designations on bumpers or what not will also help.

Good luck in your search...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bummer it is painted red and original bumpers were removed. Maybe if I carefully take the paint off I will find the hood numbers but there was a bunch of bondo on the hood to fill a rusted out spot so I will try to stay optimistic. if not I guess I will just go with an Army or Marines build. I guess I could do Navy since my dad was in the Navy.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have the dash serial plate set? Post a photo of the whole set of plates on the dash.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 24, 2020 8:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get this question all the time; the answer is, there is no way unless you find a picture of it in some unit history, or have original markings on the bumpers. Even worse with WW2 jeeps; everyone wants one used in combat, but the fact is that we didn't bring many back and that jeep was just used in training in CONUS, or worse, strictly for admin purposes.
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