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Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 15:02
by WC-54
Hi,

i am restaurating my WC-54 and i look for a kind of nickname like on tanks or planes i could give him.

Does anyone know some or has a hint where i could find one?

After i bended one of the lights accidently the working title is "Cross-eyed Sue" :D

Thanks in advance

Christian

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Thu Jul 16, 2009 17:49
by johan willaert
If it's cross-eyed, call it CLARENCE....

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 16:03
by Ben
I quite like Clarence, Johan! I wonder whether you'd be willing to share some photographs of your WC-54, WC-54?

Thanks,
Ben

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Fri Jul 17, 2009 19:36
by johan willaert
Maybe I've should have explained why I think Clarence is a good choice for those that do not know the movie.....

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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0059039/

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 13:53
by sgtpeter
Very funny Johan. I have never seen the movie, but it looks like it might be funny. :D

Christian - when dealing with tanks, armored cars and halftracks, the crews would normally use a name that corresponded to the Company they belonged. For example an armored car assigned to Company D 82nd Recon Bn could use "Dorothy" or "Dagwood" or "Danger", etc. I have not seen photographic evidence that indicates that was continued with support vehicles such as ambulances. The name you use should have some significant to you - that's what Soldiers do. Some guys will name things after their first girlfriend, wife, kid, mom, hometown or something important to them. GEN Gerhardt's jeep was called "VIXEN TOR". The name has no connection to the unit and really have no idea why he called it that. Obviously it was something important to him.

I kinda like "cross eyed sue", its unique and you have a story to go with the name. You could even embellish the story a little, "no matter how many times I tighten, the light moves back to cross eyed. Rather than fight it, I embrace it" - something like that. Half of what we do by setting up displays is to present something interesting to people. With a name like "cross eyed sue", I would imagine you will get people asking about the name and they will remember your truck. Just my thoughts.

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Sat Jul 18, 2009 22:47
by johan willaert
Vixen Tor is a granite rock in the Moors where the 29th did a lot of training....

http://www.legendarydartmoor.co.uk/vixi ... en_tor.htm

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 10:55
by WC-54
Hi all!

thanks for your replies.

Clarence would be funny but the series started in the sixties so the timeframe would´nt fit.

I think it will be "Crosseyed Sue" and i will attach it to 3rd armd divison.

Spearhead was part of operation grenade which took place in the area where i live (between Krefeld and Moers).

Furthermore i am part of the volunteer-team of the belgium Tank Museum an join the crew of a Sherman called "Spit Oil".
SpitOil belongs to 3rd armrd div and i can leave the markings on my Jacket ;-)

I dont know how to post photos ...? Other wise i would show you Sue and Spit Oil....

CU

Christian

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 11:03
by Ben
Christian,
Thanks for your message - in case you should need any help with bumper markings for your vehicle, please consult the Article posted about this subject on our website!
If you'd like to email me some photographs of the vehicle, I will gladly post them here on your behalf. My email address is ben@med-dept.com.
Thanks again,
Ben :D

@Ben: Got mail! n.t.

Posted: Mon Jul 20, 2009 12:33
by WC-54
You´ve got mail!

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Sun Jul 26, 2009 21:05
by Ben
Here are the pictures that Christian asked me to post on this thread:
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Dodgefahrer.JPG

Thanks,
Ben

Vixen Tor the Jeep

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 20:13
by medevac
FYI,
Vixen Tor the Jeep still exists. General Gerhardt had the jeep shipped home when he returned, and "gave" it to his driver, Sergeant Bob Cuff. Cuff didn't really want it, so he donated it "to the People of the State of Maryland." The jeep is in possession of the Maryland National Guard Headquarters located in the 5th Regiment Armory in Baltimore MD. The jeep is in original condition, with everything as it was at the end of WWII. 29th Division jeeps were well cared for- Gerhardt demanded that the jeeps be washed regularly after field exercises. If you ever get to see this jeep, it is worth the trip to Baltimore.

Nice ambulance, Christian.

Re: Nickname for Ambulance

Posted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 21:48
by johan willaert
Here's a picture I took of Vixen Tor in Baltimore in 2001

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