1968 M151A1 “Dirty Shirley”
Owner: Sam Stephens
Type; 1/4 Ton Truck 4×4
Engine: 4 Cylinder, 71 Hp
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual
Weight: 2400 Lbs
Armament: 2 M14 selective fire automatic rifles
This is a photo of the production line where the M-151 model jeep was produced during the 1960s. The M-151 series, Military Utility Tactical Truck sometimes called the “MUTT,” was the last of the traditional jeeps. The M-151 series of jeeps were the last of the family of quarter-ton trucks that started with the World War II Jeep.
First put into service in Vietnam, the MUTT played an active part in American military operations well into the 1980s, when it was phased out in favor of the Humvee.
When the M151A2 was replaced by the Humvee, the era of the small, light jeep vehicle ended in the U.S. military. More than 100,000 “MUTTS” were produced between, 1959 and 1982.
Some M151A2-units still in U.S. military service in 1999, the M151-series achieved a longer run of service than that of the WW2 MB/GPW, M38 and M38A1 series combined.
In the late 1980s the M151s began being phased out of service in favor of the Humvee. A few (perhaps 1000) were sold via Government Surplus auctions, and those that were not sold via Foreign Military Sales (FMS) overseas were cut into four pieces and scrapped. However some individuals were able to buy these “quartered” M151’s and simply weld the four sections back together, and rebuilt them into drivable condition.
Sam purchased this M151 in Old Town, Florida an uncorporated part of Dixie county, and has since installed a new windshield and many other parts. Sam’s M151 is an uncut MUTT. He enjoy’s driving this piece of history on a daily basis.
IN HONOR OF:
This “MUTT” is in honor of Sam’s Grandfather James Krietzer who served two tours of duty aboard the USS Oriskany during the Vietnam War.
Oriskany received two battle stars for Korean War service and ten for Vietnam War service.
The ship was named for the Revolutionary War Battle of Oriskany.
Vietnam Service Medal w/Two Campaign Stars