Thursday, March 05, 2020

The Water Buffalo

Also known as the M149 Tailer, Water, 400 gallon, was used to distribute potable water to troops in the field.  It is one of the few pieces of equipment that survived my entire military career, from 1073 to 1998. It was there when I was in basic, and it was there when I retired.  IT may still be around, and I've head rumors of something called the M149A2, which had a stainless steel tank.

At any rate, I saw this pic today on Facebook.

M149 Trailer, Water
That one is a blast from my past, done in the old woodland camo pattern so beloved of troops until the Desert War, where we started painting everything some variant of tan.

But, yeah, I've drank out of those.  Thousands of gallons.

UPDATE** Yeah, that's a typo, above, but I keep telling you guys that I'm two days older than dirt.  I was a road-guard for the Three Wise Men, and pulled KP at the Last Supper.


Well Seasoned Fool said...

Yep. USAREUR 1964-1966.

Steve said...

"...survived my entire military career, from 1073 to 1998."
Wow!!! You fought in the Crusades?!!?!?


Javahead said...

Crusades, War of the Roses, Hundred Years War, English Civil War, King Phillips War ... he’s got service stripes down to his ankle ;)