We hope you had a great Veterans Day last Friday. It’s one of America’s most important holidays. Emotions run high, from somber moments in thoughts and prayers to old war buddies getting together to share stories, one that no one will ever understand unless they were there. The original Jeep goes hand in hand with any reference to WWII, a lengthy war in which the Willys “Jeep” was born. In the first World War, soldiers still used horses. From riding alone to pulling carts with supplies, the actual four-legged horse was a soldier’s best buddy at times, and a companion of duty.

75 Years of Service and Heritage

For WWII soldiers, the horses were gone and replaced with machines. The newest purpose vehicle built, nicknamed the “Jeep,” became the soldier's means of transportation, and their beast of burden. It was simple, reliable, easy to maintain, and more than once went far beyond what anyone could have dreamed it would do in the heat of battle. Indeed, some say, without the Jeep, the Allies would have been hard pressed to defeat the enemy and end the war as soon as they did. There were a hundred ways in which a Jeep could save a soldier's life, and that didn't go un-noticed by the thousands who survived the war. Jeep recently introduced an ad to pay homage to the very vehicle that helped win the war, recognizing it’s 75 years of service and heritage. Few car companies have the history that the Jeep brand does. It features a Jeep shot head on in what appears like a factory type building (though empty, to set the mood) and the windshield on the Jeep has bullet holes in it. A WWII Jeep nicknamed “Old Faithful” was given a symbolic “Purple Heart” by the military soldiers. This heroic vehicle was used by the United States Marine Corps, putting over 11,000 miles on its jungle beaten body. It leads the way through two beach landings and even endured shelling by the Japanese military during the Battle of Guadalcanal in 1943. According to the newspaper, "The Marine Corps Chevron" from 1944, it carried several high-ranking officials and generals in its lifetime. The Jeep toured the U.S. for a while and was intended to be displayed in the Quantico, VA. Marine Corps Museum. Unfortunately, it was lost and never made it to the museum. The Purple Heart was suggested after the Jeep received two Japanese bullet holes in its windshield while at the battle of Guadalcanal.