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1946 Jeep Trip From Hawaii to the Midwest

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This photo captures three friends traveling from Hawaii to the midwest via Minnesota. Akira Tanaka, sitting in the driver’s seat, helped establish the military intelligence company that was part of Camp Savage in Minnesota.This was published in the September 16, 1946, issue of The Minneapolis Star.

I tried to learn more about these three, but didn’t have much luck. There was an Akira Tanaka that went to work for General Motors and built himself a home that was featured in a 1955 article in the Detroit Press. So, it’s possible that he graduated from College in Michigan, then went to work for GM. If that’s the case, he developed several automotive patents for the company.



One comment on “1946 Jeep Trip From Hawaii to the Midwest

  1. Bruce Golder

    Converted to 2021 dollars makes that $350 in ’55 worth $3,400 today. Pretty good buy for reliable transportation!

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