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1946 Photos of Roy Harmon and Underwater Jeep

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UPDATE II: Unfortunately, while the photo sold, the seller was unable to find it.

UPDATE: This photo shows two photographers riding through the water taking photos as Sgt. Roy Harmon, from Washington, D.C., navigates the jeep (named The Reluctant Turtle). Given it was taken in October, the water can’t be very warm. Below this photo are two additional photos that also include Roy Harmon from the same event.

“This is an original press photo. Bay Ridge, Maryland — Photographers hitch a ride to photograph the progress of the “underwater” jeep demonstrated by the Navy today (October 17). Sgt. Roy Harmon, USMC of Washington, DC, clothes in a Marine wading outfit, drives the jeep in 6-foot of water. The underwater operation is made possible by a waterproof kit, which contains an ignition system, waterproof battery, distributor and coil, and aviation-type spark plugs. Two periscope-like pipes serve for the air intake and the exhaust. The jeep, which cannot float, can cavort around in water 6-feet deep for a period of 45-minutes and will make amphibious operations much easier.Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”

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The October 21, 1946, issue of Hope Star (Hope, Arkansas) featured this image:

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An October 21, 1946, article in the The Morning Call (Paterson, New Jersey) provides some great additional details about the ‘submarine’ kit:

Clipping from The Morning Call - Newspapers.com

 

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Original Post in 2017: The below photo was likely taken by the intrepid photographers pictured in the photos above:

As part of the post, Luis added the following comment:  “Its a true USMC jeep as seen by the use of the electric “Dynamo” windshield wiper motor which were used only on Marine Corp jeeps, these motors are quite rare and highly desirable for a true USMC jeep restoration.”

From the eBay ad: “1946 Press Photo Bay Ridge MD Sgt Roy Harmon USMC in underwater jeep. .This is an original press photo. Photo measures 9 x 7.25inches. Photo is dated 10-17-1946.”

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This series of three photos from the November 03, 1946, issue of the Pittsburgh Press includes one showing the jeep exiting the water:

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Originally Posted March 03, 2020: It appears this photo was taken after the ride was over:

“1946 Press Photo Marine Sergeant Roy Harmon with Jeep at Bay Ridge, Maryland. This is an original press photo. Trucks – US – Marine Sergeant Roy Harmon of Washington, DC, shows the periscope-like manifold extensions and other waterproofing installations on a conventional jeep, just prior to an actual demonstration at Bay Ridge, Maryland, Thursday. He drove under water to a depth of six feet. Navy plans to use submarine jeeps along beaches and in fording streamsPhoto measures 9 x 7inches. Photo is dated 10-19-1946.”

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This press photo appeared in the October 18, 1946, issue of the Decatur Daily Review (Decatur, Illinois):

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An October 18, 1946, article in the Montana Standard provides additional information:

Clipping from The Montana Standard - Newspapers.com

 

 

2 Comments on “1946 Photos of Roy Harmon and Underwater Jeep

  1. Mike W

    FYI: I tried to buy this Photo and after purchasing it was told that they were unable to find it so my money was refunded. Too bad, even though not a V-35(my specialty) it was still a cool historic picture of the USMC waterproof radio jeep program.

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