Jeeps at Ft. Lewis Bantam

Jeeps at Ft. Lewis, Washington, 1941 Bantam

brcsm Private Kirkland drives Col. Thomas M. Monroe, commanding, 15th Infantry. flbantam003 Now you may have thought there was something goobered up or censored in the first picture near the drivers front fender. But as you can see it’s not. Those are obviously slots that have been either bolted or welded. And that is a sign of sorts. It appears to be white on top and another color of some sort below. Is this yet another unit indicator? I have no idea. You Bantam guys must already know about the other features. I never realized the safety strap was mounted on the outside…or is this a mod? Also on the hood what the heck is the round/raised object about 2 or so inches back from the edge of the hood…about center? Notice the wheels? They sure look shiny, too. Sure would like to have the Colonel’s bantam. flbantam001 The original black and white photo. Picture Sources: Ft Lewis Sentinel, 1941