7 April 2015: change of command at the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Reviewing the troops assembled on Gammon Field, are members of the Army's General Staff in a 1964 CJ-3B used as a parade vehicle at Ft. Leonard Wood.
In the front is Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith who was saying farewell as commander of Ft. Leonard Wood. In the back is Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, commander of Ft. Leavenworth, who was the reviewing officer for the change of command ceremony, and is why the Jeep is showing 3 stars. Hidden behind Gen. Smith is the new commander of Ft. Leonard Wood, Brig. Gen. Kent Savre. (U.S. Army photo.)
The Jeep is maintained by the 14th Military Police Brigade, which does MP training at Ft. Leonard Wood. It has been given handrails and a rear step, but otherwise appears to be very original.
23 September 2009: a Regimental Review on the 68th anniversary of the Military Police Regiment. Members of the regiment are reviewed by Brigadier General David Phillips. This photo (from A Day at Ft. Leonard Wood) of Gen. Phillips in the Jeep shows the hood number 1M 0570, indicating it is one of the 1964 CJ-3Bs purchased by the Army under Federal Contract DA-113-AMC-02534-T. (A 1965 photo of a U.S. Army MP Jeep shows hood number 1M 0758, indicating there were likely more than 200 Jeeps obtained under that contract.)
This wider view shows some of the hundreds of service members assembled for the 2015 change of command. It also shows the Jeep has Cutlass locking hubs (90K JPEG) on the front axle, similar to those seen on General Davisson's Parade Jeep photographed in 1968.
On the other hand, Dan Walton's restored U.S. Army CJ-3B has Warn front locking hubs he believes came from the factory, and 1M 0513 has standard front hubs.
Fort Leonard Wood is a large United States Army installation located in rural Missouri. The post was established in 1940 and named in honor of General Leonard Wood (former Chief of Staff.) Originally intended to train infantry troops, in 1941 it became an engineer training post. During World War II Italian and German POWs were also interred at the fort (Wikipedia.)
This photo from the collection of the late Erich Samenfeld shows a group of young soldiers training at "Fort Lost in the Woods" prior to shipping out during World War II.
This aerial view of Ft. Leonard Wood in 1961 is courtesy gerrykan at the g503.com forum. A group of these old barrracks have been preserved as a museum complex, where visitors can experience military life of the WWII, Korean and Vietnam eras. Also the German POW barracks.
The fort is also home to the Army's Chemical Corps Museum, Engineer Museum, and Military Police Museum, which get a great review at Roadside America.
This US Army photo shows the incoming commander Brig. Gen. Kent Savre and outgoing commander Maj. Gen. Smith, flanked by their CSM's, at the ceremony on 7 April 2015.
In addition to the Army Engineering school, Ft. Leonard Wood now includes the Army Chemical Corps school, and the Military Police Corps school operated by the 14th MP Brigade. Interestingly, the brigade was first activated in 1965 in Germany, so it seems possible the 1964 CJ-3B was originally assigned to the MP unit and has been with them since then; I have been unable to confirm this.
Thanks to Iraqvet2010 who posted the first photo on the CJ-3B Bulletin Board. I'm on the lookout for further information or photos of Jeep 1M 0570. -- Derek Redmond
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