USAF 1951 Searching for Historian

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  1. mywheels

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    I recently purchased a 1951 Chevrolet Panel. It has military markings and an Airforce contract number on the dash plate. I would like to find which base the vehicle was stationed at, and its primary purpose. Does anyone recognize the crossed field gun insignia on the dash plate? As a civilian, where can I go to research the history of this vehicle?
     

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    I can't see the emblem very well but crossed cannon generally denote artillery. I recognize the emblem but don't remember what it represents. Best of luck on your research.
     

  3. mywheels

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    Here's a better picture of the crossed field guns on the dash plate.
     

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    I opened and magnified that image. I know I have seen it somewhere before. I just can't remember where.:fist:
     
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    I believe the crossed cannons is one version of the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps insignia.

    The acronym MTC can have several different meanings in military-speak, but I found in the mid-50s it was used to refer to the Medical Training Center at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC) in San Antonio, TX. Perhaps the truck was originally purchased/used by the Air Force at nearby Kelly Field or Lackland Air Force Base, and was later transferred to BAMC for use in their Medical Training Center there (which would sync with the "MTC" being added to the data plate at a later date).
     
  6. mywheels

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    Many thanks for the replies! The vehicle is located in WA state. I would love to know how it got here. I see 4 different paint colors on the rig. Blue, green, red, and orange. Blue for Air Force, green for Army?, red for ?, and orange for Department of the Interior. In searching for the places you mentioned above, I found a few historical photos that show what my panel would have looked like. It had a siren mounted to the driver's front fender, which is missing now. I would love to find one!
     

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    I'm guessing red might have been the a base fire department.
     
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    That's a good point. I'm curious to see what I find as I work my way down through the layers of paint. Hopefully there's some wording under all the paint.
     
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    The symbol looks like Springfield Armory.
     
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    That is the Ordnance Department acceptance cartouche.
     
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    Thank you to both of you! That is a vital piece of information. Doing a quick search for that term returns a lot of promising info! Does anyone know if the MTC mark would be connected to the Ordnance Department also, or might it have come from a different department?
    As stated above, the vehicle has at least 4 different paint jobs, implying that it worked for at least 4 different government agencies. The last being the Dept. Of the Interior.
     
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    willie_pete NRA Life Member

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    No help here.

    Thank God, 1951 was WAY before my time in the AF.
     
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