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jeep M38 follow me on vietnam airport
Posted by iroquois1963 on Saturday, August 19, 2017 6:07 AM

Hello has all .

I would like to know if there was M38 FOLLOW ME on airport in Vietnam, and if yes, are that I can put her in situation with a SANDY and the protections blast wall around the plane?

 thank you in advance .

 phil .

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Posted by GlennH on Sunday, August 20, 2017 6:45 PM

Here's a Follow Me from the airport among the pictures. I can't really help ya though. I was there twice. Coming and going.

http://www.tsna.org/photo/nov2015/index.html

A number Army Viet Nam scans from hundreds yet to be done:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/southwestdreams/albums/72157621855914355

Have had the great fortune to be on every side of the howitzers.

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Posted by goldhammer on Monday, August 21, 2017 1:12 PM

M38's would have been long in the tooth by then, more likely a 38A1, M151 or a pickup.

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Posted by GMorrison on Monday, August 21, 2017 2:26 PM

I remember those things stateside at commercial airports in the 50's.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Monday, August 21, 2017 5:11 PM

I agree that the M38 was long gone by Vietnam.  Also, by Vietnam, the USAF was mainly using commercial (civilian) pickup trucks for base support duties, including "Follow Me" vehicles.  

A brief history of post WWII jeeps...

The M38 was a militarized version of the civilian CJ3A built between 1949 and 1952.  It was an interim vehicle as the Army started running out of WWII Willys MBs.  Willys used up the remainder of their CJ3As as they had already begun changing their production line to the newer CJ5, which became the M38A1 in 1952 and was produced until 1957.

M38

M38A1

An M38A1 may have still been hanging around, but I have not seen any as "Follow-Me" jeeps other than the below museum piece.  It is not really representative of a Vietnam vehicle though.

By Vietnam, the main "jeep" (it was actually built by Ford, not Willys) was the M151A1, which was fielded in 1959.  I haven't been able to find any M151A1s as "Follow-Me" jeeps though.

M151A1

 

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Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:35 AM

I think the M38 was long gone by Nam but I may be wrong. While on vacation in Alaska a couple of years ago, I found this original Ford WWII Jeep with a delivery date of 7/31/43 parked on a side street in Anchorage and still being used. Double click on the images for closeups.

 

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 9:10 AM

The MB's and GPW's are highly sought after as collector/restoration vehicles by the 4x4 guys.  Sadly most of the ones left have been modified with v-8's and stronger running gear in the 70's and 80's.  Not too many of the originals left.

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Posted by Pawel on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 2:42 PM

Hello!

Funny thing, I had a chance to work on a rebuild of an M38 in Poland. The M38 is a "MC" in that old nomenclature. The machine I worked on was an ex Greek Army one, built in 1951.

As for Vietnam "Follow Me", I did a quick google search and it seems that at least in Tan Son Nhut they used Dodges a lot:

Darn Photobucket:

http://photobucket.com/gallery/user/ancientaviator62/media/cGF0aDovVEFOU09OTlVUMV96cHMyNWU3MjI2MS5qcGc=/?ref=

https://goo.gl/images/QnP5AL

Phil - good luck with your search and have a nice day

PaweĊ‚

All comments and critique welcomed. Thanks for your honest opinions!

www.vietnam.net.pl

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Posted by goldhammer on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:01 PM

In the movie Green Berets, it was a yellow early to mid '60's Ford p/u, stepside IIRC.

A lot of the Dodges were shop rigs for running people and equipment from the shops to aircraft.  At Udorn we had a couple of those, one a six pack and the other a standard cab, and an old M37, along with the military version (5/4) of the Jeep Gladiator p/u, the M715.  This was '73-74

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Posted by iroquois1963 on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:24 PM

Hi .

Thank you has all for your answers, I wanted to make this kind of thing because I have 4 jeep M38 in stock and thus one in FOLLOW ME on the tarmac would have put a little color, that would have been fun.

 phil .

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Posted by GMorrison on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 3:48 PM

Flocks of them in pictures of the Berlin Brigade.

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Posted by HeavyArty on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 6:57 AM

iroquois1963
...I have 4 jeep M38 in stock ...

Just wanted to clarify.  There is no kit of the M38 (CJ3A).  I am guessing you have the AFV Club/Skybow M38A1, which was a later vehicle (see my post above).  

There is an M38 conversion kit available from Plus Model to kind of make one look like an M38 from the Tamiya Willys MB kit.  You actually need to kitbash it with an MK Models M606 (CJ3B) to be more accurate though.  I did a build of one a while ago here: http://www.armorama.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=SquawkBox&file=index&req=viewtopic&topic_id=240785&page=1

Thanks to PhotoBucket, the pics are gone, but they still can be found here: http://smg.photobucket.com/user/HeavyArty/library/M38%20CJ-3B%20Jeep?sort=9&page=1

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Posted by iroquois1963 on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 1:34 PM

Hi .

 Hello.

And yes, heavy arty, it is good of M38A1 about which I speak who does not have nothing has to see with M38, thank you.
Otherwise, on my comment of the diorama Vietnam style "full metal jacket", you had said me that it was not the good boxes of ration, MRE, I have to find the good ones, they were in the kit of GUN TRUCK which I did not build yet, I have too much stock, I don't remember more of all that I have, hi hi hi.

 phil .

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