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Jeeps and Joe’s Father and Grandfather

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Joe Snodgrass (aka Joe from Mesa) was visiting his folks for the holidays and had a chance to go through some old albums of his father’s and grandfather’s. He found a few jeeps.


My Dad (CPL John W. Snodgrass) served in Kobe Japan as part of the Army of Occupation. This and the next two pics were taken in Kobe in 1947.


Sergeant of the Guard, Security Guard” on the cowl, and another jeep among Quonset huts at Kobe.


“Dan” from Milwaukee, an Army buddy of Joe’s father’..


My Grandfather (Walter H. Snodgrass) served in the Philippines during WWII. Here’s a pic of LT Hitchcock, whom my grandfather knew from Ft. McDowell (Angel Island, in SF Bay), that he ran into there after the invasion.


6 Comments on “Jeeps and Joe’s Father and Grandfather

  1. Joe in Mesa

    Thanks for posting, Dave 🙂
    Just to clarify, “CPL Snodgrass” (Dad) was the guy posing in the first photo. In the third photo is an Army buddy that he remembers only as “Dan from Milwaukee”.

  2. drummergirl

    Hi, “Joe in Mesa”. I’ve been researching my dad’s service and he, too served in Kobe from 1946-1947. He was also a CPL, and had his own Jeep. I wonder if our dads knew each other?

  3. Joe in Mesa

    I can ask my Dad. What’s your father’s name? Do you know what Army Division/unit he was in?

  4. Drummergirl

    My father’s name was Corporal Vincent D. Salvato. He was Laundry Foreman for Horinuki Laundry, and served with 566th Quartermaster Railhead Company, based in Osaka and Kobe. My dad won several pool series in the Kobe Red Cross Tournaments (October 1946?). He had his own room at the barracks and a couple of faithful dogs, Baron and Rex.

    Lieutenant Stryker had one of his dogs shot, and Sergeant Loveday was a big talker who didn’t get anything over on my Dad. He returned to Seattle on the HT Mayo in 1946.

  5. drummergirl

    Sorry for the typo Joe, Dad returned to the USA in 1947, not 1946. I have a pic of his Jeep and many others from his service in Japan.

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