Jeeps and Independence Day
by Larry H. Morton
Freedom Is Never Free!
Independence day and Jeeps are often celebrated in July 4th parades and other patriotic activities.
Although there were no Jeeps around during our country's battle for independence, they continue to be a symbol of freedom from oppression and evil. World War II gave birth to the iconic Willys Jeep
which fulfilled its mission far beyond the expectations of Generals, politicians and the original designers.
Can you imagine what General George Patton would think of today's Jeep Wrangler
after the many campaigns he spent riding in a Willys MB or Ford GPW during the second world war? Compared to the old Willys war machines I would guess General Patton might think today's Wranglers were for "Sissies". However, I bet he would have eventually loved them.
What if Jeeps were available in the late 1700's during our battle for independence? Can you imagine George Washington and his weathered troops crossing the Delaware in Willys Amphibious GPA SEEP's
...or Paul Revere riding through the streets of Boston in a Jeep CJ7
...or Thomas Jefferson having a fleet of Jeep Wagoneers
up at Monticello?
Well, maybe not, but the American conceived and built Jeep represents American freedom and ingenuity today just as much as the Declaration of Independence and our beloved Constitution. God Bless the USA!