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Echeverria Field GPW Dedication for Wickenburg VFW

• CATEGORIES: Features, Museums

Joe-in-Mesa’s daughter’s boyfriend’s father (way to suck him in Joe!) took this photo of a 1943 GPW dedicated to the memory of the Echeverria Field near Wickenburg, Arizona, and donated to the Wickenburg VFW. Obviously, it’s not a perfectly restored vehicle, but it does help provide a tangible memory for VFW visitors.


Joe searched and found a few more photos online:echeverria-field-pics-gpw2 echeverria-field-pics-gpw3

Here’s the VFW where the jeep is located, though Google did not capture the jeep outside:


Here is some location information about the air field. The location was not available via Google maps, so this is a hacked together location image:


1951 view of the former air field:


Some related links:

  1. Web page on abandoned air fields in Arizona
  2. Wickenburg VFW Facebook page
  3. Ghosttown Arizona information on Echeverria Field
  4. Echeverria Field on Wikipedia

3 Comments on “Echeverria Field GPW Dedication for Wickenburg VFW

  1. Colin Peabody

    There were hundreds of military training airfields scattered all around Arizona during WWII and into the Korean conflict. Many are visible from main highways, and several of them are in very deserted areas. The state of Arizona owns many of them today.

  2. Joe in Mesa

    Thanks for posting, Dave and thanks, Joanna Snodgrass for sending the first pic to me. I found “the rest of the story” great… but I did get a kick out of the “GPW (Government “Pigmy” Willy’s)” characterization :-)!

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