I built this miniature
Jeep for my Father-in-Law, who was a veteran of the Battle for
Okinawa at the close of World War II. The last great land battle
of WW II would be fought by the "DeadEyes" of the 96th
ID in the rubble of the village of Medera, June 1945. This bloody
and hard-fought campaign saw heavy losses for America, Japan,
and the Okinawans. I first learned about this campaign, not through
books or movies, but rather through visiting the War Memorial
on Okinawa - during my four-year tour there. There is a profound
sadness that no words truly can convey there today. Dad passed
away November 29, 2000 and will be dearly missed by his loving
family. My miniature represents his Company and Division on Okinawa.
The Willys MB Jeep
has to be the most famous and recognizable vehicle in history.
No story about ground campaigns during the Second World War would
be told without mentioning the little truck that always could.
From a military vehicle hobbyist's perspective, the Jeep is a
must-have for any collection of models - built or not.
Military vehicle restorers
and collectors around the globe love the vehicle, and their owners
have returned many to operating condition. Not a tool of war
anymore, the lovable Jeep still solders on.
So much information
is available, and had been printed on the Jeep, that I could
offer little more. So, I'll keep this to just illustrating this
modeling effort for my father-in-law. This is a miniature I'm
proud of, and looked fondly at every time I visited mom and dad.
It looked nice sitting on his mantle and now has a place of Honor
in my display cabinet back at home. I only put the model on display
one time in a local contest. It was awarded a Second Place to
the then new Tamiya FAMO. Probably a difficult comparison for
the judges at the time, but I don't look at it as a loss because
Dad was as proud of it as I was to build it. In that light, a
contest result, whatever it might be, is meaningless.