Military Vehicles, June 1997,: [MV] M37 Marking Questions

[MV] M37 Marking Questions
Wed, 4 Jun 1997 19:16:03 -0400 (EDT)

52 M37 Restoration * Chapter 1:

With a fine sandpaper, I sanded down my orange hood, to reveal my
registration numbers. (A friend of mine tried this with a sandblaster. It
was bare metal before he could blink and the registration numbers were
history, so he recommended I use sand paper). After a good deal of patient
sanding, on both sides of the hood, was:


More sanding revealed the same thing was painted across the bottom of my
Then I noticed the bumperettes on both sides of the winch appeared to have
letters also. Sanding these revealed the following:

< 5A 267S ] [winch] [ CON 50 >

The symbols "< ] [ ] [ >" are added to show how the letters fit on the
bumperettes. The actual letters and numbers revealed were:

5A 267S CON 50

I believe these numbers are the unit identification numbers and means 5th
United States Army, 267th Signal Company, Construction, 50th vehicle. Is
this the correct interpretation of these markings?

I sanded the top of the hood and the doors looking for stars but didn't find
any. So far, I haven't found any stars on the vehicle. Are there more
markings that I am missing?

Finally, can I find out more information about where this truck was used from
the unit number and registration number?

Thanks for any help in advance!

Rob Kiser
'52 M37

P.S. - Whoever it was on the list that said "Happy Sanding" a while back was
right. It's pretty cool when you first begin to see the markings appear.

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