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The Purple Heart Jeep

The Incredible Story of Old Faithful

The Jeep, an iconic symbol of American ingenuity and resilience, has a history that spans decades. Among the countless Jeeps that served bravely during World War II, one stands out for its exceptional service. This Jeep was part of the fleet used by the United States Marine Corps, where it saw extensive action in some of the most intense battles of the Pacific Theater.

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Old Faithful: A Brief History

Old Faithful was a Jeep that played a crucial role in the Pacific Campaign. Specifically it served as transportation for high-ranking officers. It is believed to have transported at least four generals during its 18 months of service.

As part of the Guadalcanal Campaign, Old Faithful is said to have been the first American vehicle to touch down on the shore. During this period, the Jeep earned its nickname for its exceptional reliability. On October 13, 1942, during a Japanese shelling of the island, Old Faithful sustained two shrapnel holes in its windshield. In recognition of its ‘wounds,’ the Jeep was awarded the Purple Heart by its occupants.


The Purple Heart Award

The Purple Heart is a military decoration awarded to members of the United States Armed Forces who are wounded or killed in action. It is one of the most respected and recognized military honors. For a vehicle to receive such an award is extraordinarily rare, highlighting the exceptional circumstances surrounding Old Faithful’s service.

According to accounts, Old Faithful sustained significant damage while performing its duties in a combat zone. Despite being hit multiple times, it continued to function, helping to save lives and support the mission. In recognition of its ‘wounds’ and the vital role it played, Old Faithful was awarded a Purple Heart, a testament to its extraordinary service.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps

Old Faithful’s legacy was preserved at the National Museum of the Marine Corps. It was displayed as a symbol of the bravery and resilience of both the Marines and the vehicles that supported them. The museum, located in Quantico, Virginia, is dedicated to preserving the history and heritage of the United States Marine Corps.

Current Whereabouts

As of the latest information, the current whereabouts of Old Faithful are uncertain. We reached out to the curator of the National Museum of the Marine Corps and Old Faithful is not at their museum. At the time of this posting they are looking into where the Jeep is located.  It is possible that the Jeep has been moved to another location for preservation or is part of a traveling exhibit. Efforts to confirm its exact location are ongoing.

As more information becomes available about Old Faithful’s current location, TNT Customs will continue to update this story. For now, we honor the legacy of this extraordinary Jeep and the countless individuals who relied on it during one of history’s most tumultuous periods.

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