The end of World War II brought all sorts of surplus war equipment back home. I'm guessing that's how this Willy's Jeep wound up at Davis Lake with Alva Day in 1948.
Davis Lake was and is a popular fishing spot south of Bend. It is now a "fly fishing only" lake.
My uncle bought one of those war surplus jeeps. I rode many, many miles in that vehicle. It went anywhere, especially fast when my aunt drove it down through the rows of cherries, apples or pears. Talk about getting slapped in the face with limbs.
Wonder what those cost people when they were new?
Charlott on 14th August 2018 @ 7:07am
After an earlier stint in the infantry, my dad ended up in the combat engineers in the Pacific during WWII. After the war ended, he told me they spent months rounding up any military equipment that was mobile and putting it in gear and sending it off the end of large landing craft into the Pacific Ocean. Didn't want to flood the markets in the US and put manufacturers out of business. They did much the same thing in Alaska after the oil pipeline was built. Contractors were required to return heavy equipment to the lower 48 where it was auctioned off. Moses Lake, Wa. was one place where auctions were held.
Buzz on 14th August 2018 @ 7:42am