Friday, May 24, 2024


 Entering full time active duty in 1975, I had the pleasure of serving while the Army used a series of vehicles and equipment that seemed like a good idea at the time, but turned out to be not-so-grand.  Like this abortion.

For your consideration, the M561 Gamma Goat. A six-wheel drive, semi-amphibious vehicle, it carried 1.25 tons and required a two-man crew. It was so loud that the crew required earmuffs. It steered with an articulating hinge behind the engine compartment. Which means that it had a pinch area that was dangerous to stand in.

It was supposed to be a transition vehicle between the jeep and the humvee  By the time we got them, after the Vietnam war, they were mostly worn-out and a danger to anyone driving or standing near one.


Old NFO said...

I've heard horror stories about them!

Termite said...

Saw one of the worst road accidents ever due to a Gamma Goat.

Anonymous said...

Almost like an articulated Argo then ? I've never seen that vehicle before.