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     This Jeep was produced and delivered to the U.S. Army during WW II just 3 days prior to the D-Day invasion of Normandy. Previous owner was Carl Goplen, Walum, ND. It was used on the farm as a “spray coupe”. Most of the restoration was done by Marvin and Terry Hook of Hannaford, ND. 

     The identification numbers on the front and rear bumpers of this jeep are a tribute to the brave and courageous men of the 164th Infantry Regiment. The 164th Infantry Regiment was comprised of North Dakota National Guard Units and was assigned to the Americal Division during the War. The 164th was the first U.S. Army Unit to take offensive action against the enemy during WWII. These “Citizen Soldiers” fought gallantly against the Japanese on Guadalcanal, and Bougainville in the Solomon Islands. During World War II, the 164th spent nearly 600 days in combat and 325 of it’s men were killed in action, while 1,193 men were wounded in action. This jeep is marked for Company “G”, Valley City, ND National Guard Unit.

     Here is an assortment of pictures of my Jeep.

     I had the pleasure of having of walking by baby daugther down the aisle on the 6th of June of 2009. My daughter Kelsie and her soon to be husband asked if they could use my MB on the greatest day of their future life together. As my future son-in-law was a 2nd lieutenant in the military and they were having a military style wedding, it was fitting for them to use it and but a great spin on the day. Scott, my now son-in-law delivered his bride and himself, driving my MB JEEP from the church to the wedding reception at the Fargo Air Musem. 

     Oh and by the way,

This was also the 65th Anniversary of D-Day, "The Longest Day".

"A Father Special Moment"

Fargo Holiday Parade

2013

NDSU ROTC group at NDSU Homecoming Parade 2015.

MY 1944 Willys MB Jeep

A  Parade in  

Horace, ND