Visitors to the Iowa All Breeds Jeep Show and 4x4 Event, held this past weekend in Nevada, got a chance to see the restored and operational military half-track, which is shown behind these five men who were doing military re-enactments and education at the show. The five men were from two re-enactment groups: the 415 Rifles of Cedar Rapids and the 34th Infantry Division of Iowa out of Des Moines. One of the men, Dave Ruffcorn of Des Moines, said the half-track had been a great attraction for the military area of the jeep show, as several hundred people had stopped by to look at it by 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. “It’s always neat to see one (a half-track),” he said. Ruffcorn said the museum at Camp Dodge has a half-track that has been restored for its collection. He said the vehicles are typically used today in quaries. “There was not a huge civilian market for these after the war, so to have one (owned by a civilian) that runs is really unique.” Show organizers said the half-track is owned by a collector who lives south of Des Moines. The vehicle was trucked in for the show. The jeep show, which started in Nevada four years ago, featured a lot of events and activities for jeep and 4x4 enthusiasts. Organizer Larry Reinsch said this year’s attendance was up from last year by 15 to 20 percent. Reinsch said there were over 200 jeeps at the show Saturday, and another good turnout of jeeps on Sunday.
Photo by Marlys Barker Marvin Meyer of Des Moines takes a close look at the half-track. Meyer said he’s seen them before, as they were used in the military when he was a kid. He was visiting the jeep show as a spectator.