F. Kelley, Reception Comm. “Billion Urged For National Road System.” Oakland Tribune, 7 September 1919, p. 4. Finally, the Maxwell and Militor tractors were praised for their overall reliability and mechanical superiority, as the trip could not have been completed without them. [11] One Firestone truck detoured to Reno, Nevada, to have a new giant tire mounted. More than 50 historical military vehicles will travel the entire route from Washington to … Abilene, KS 67410 3 ton Class B Standardized Military "Liberty" trucks, "Principal Facts Concerning the First Transcontinental Army Motor Transport Expedition", https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=TdslAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZvwFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6343,3546033&dq=1919+convoy+gettysburg&hl=en, (also published in Mechanical Eng., vol. Colonel Eisenhower described the Motor Transport Corps soldiers as raw and undisciplined though Jackson also reported that they were generally well behaved. [4] Official observers included those from the Air Service, A.S.A.P.,[specify] Coast and Field Artillery, Medical Corps, Ordnance, Signal Corps and Tank Corps including the then Brevet Lieutenant Colonel Dwight D. 9 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., August - May The trucks generally carried full capacity loads as one of the goals of the expedition was testing their performance. On Wednesday, August 28, 2019 the MVPA will travel through Kearney as they retrace the original 1919 US Army’s First Transcontinental Motor Convoy route, on the famed Lincoln Highway. The convoy's daily stopping points will be many of the same locations as the 1919 81-vehicle convoy, which averaged 6 mph and 59 miles a day. [DDE's Records as President, President's Personal File, Box 967, 1075 Greany Maj. William C.; NAID #1055071], Report, "Principal Facts Concerning the First Transcontinental Army Motor Transport Expedition, Washington to San Francisco, July 7 to September 6, 1919." Weak bridges were reinforced or repaired, sometimes after a truck fell through them. Some of the participants also posted updates. The retracing of the 1919 military convoy route made headlines at it crossed the U.S. the past month. Inexperience caused a great deal of unnecessary delays and breakdowns in the early going. The 1919 convoy included 81 vehicles, 37 officers and 258 enlisted men. [5]:11 The 5th Engineers' Company E[5]:7 of 2 officers and 20 men headed the main body with the artillery's 5​1⁄2 ton Mack truck carrying a 5-ton Maxwell tractor (22,450 lbs total) in the lead followed by the machine shop and blacksmith shop trucks, and the Quartermaster Corps' Service Park Unit 595 of 1 officer and 43 men brought up the rear ("often separated from the main body" while servicing disabled vehicles). Included in this count were: motorcycles, ambulances, an officer’s work The engineers were responsible for inspecting each bridge as the convoy came to it. of sending a military convoy over the en- tire length of the Lincoln Highway and discussed the matter with military offi- cials. The convoy was to test the mobility of the military during wartime conditions. When the generals and politicians fin- ished talking at Zero Milestone near the White House on July 7, 1919… Eisenhower. INDUSTRY -- In 1919, the U.S. Army drove a convoy of motorized vehicles across the country for the first time, traveling mainly along the fledgling Lincoln Highway from Washington, D.C., to … These early experiences influenced his later decisions concerning the building of the interstate highway system during his presidential administration. The various trailers were also evaluated (most received failing grades) and the graphite grease was determined to provide significant benefits. The Military Vehicle Preservation Association will conduct a 90th-anniversary convoy across the United States to retrace the 1919 Army’s Transcontinental Motor Route, and Greensburg will be among its first stops. Sorbell, Secretary Chamber of Commerce Jos. Forgoing a rest day originally scheduled for the day after arriving in Oakland, the convoy instead ferried to San Francisco[26] the next morning 6 days behind schedule and parked at the Presidio of San Francisco.[5]:4. In western Wyoming Eisenhower and a companion convinced the convoy that an Indian attack was imminent. ", This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 17:06. [11] In addition to 230 road incidents[12] (stops for adjustments, extrications, breakdowns, & accidents) resulting in 9 vehicles retiring,[2] the convoy of "24 expeditionary officers, 15 War Department staff observation officers, and 258 enlisted men" had 21 injured en route who did not complete the trip. Military Convoy Retraces Historic Route through Cedar Rapids On Sunday, June 21, a convoy retracing the 1919 transit of military vehicles on the Lincoln Highway pulled into Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the night. Jackson (Ordnance Observer) to Col. L.B. [5]:6,10, In addition to engineer and quartermaster units; the convoy had 2 truck companies of the 433rd Motor Supply Train;[5]:6 a medical unit with surgeon, medical, and dental officers; and a Field Artillery Detachment which provided the Maxwell crawler tractor[13] operated by a civilian. The Cadillac and Dodge passenger cars and light trucks were found to be generally satisfactory, though the hood latches on the Dodge proved insufficiently durable. The MVPA convoy will leave Washington, D.C., on June 13 and plans to … Bernard H. McMahon were the respective expedition and train commanders[2] and civilian Henry C. Ostermann of the Lincoln Highway Association was the pilot[3] (guide). Lt. Jackson reported that the assignment of a dedicated mess officer in Nebraska greatly improved the food for the second half of the journey. In 1919, driving cross-country was a crazy idea - but an Army convoy set out to show it could be done Written By: Washington Post | Jul 7th 2019 - 7pm. Trucks, jeeps and cars driven by members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association follow Grant Line Road through Tracy on Saturday morning as they retrace the cross-country route of a historic convoy in 1919. [2] Although some "were really competent drivers" by the end, the majority of soldiers were "raw recruits with little or no military training"; and except for the Motor Supply Company E commander (1st Lt Daniel H. Martin), troop officers had "meager knowledge" of "handling men in the field". The White, GMC, Riker, Packard and Mack trucks also proved satisfactory, though the latter's chain drive rendered them unsuitable for poor roads, and the larger motorcycles would have benefitted from more robust tires. The convoy remained 7 days behind schedule through Oakland, California, where it arrived 5 September at 4 pm (v. the 29th). The expedition was manned by 24 officers and 258 enlisted men. The convoy was to test the mobility of the military during wartime conditions. Moody (Ordnance Department, USA, Tank, Tractor & Trailer Division), "Report on First Transcontinental Motor Convoy," October 31, 1919. Despite pressures from Des Moines, and furor over the paving question, McClure stayed on course and quieted the controversy over the location of the Lincoln Highway in Iowa. The Ordnance Department notes "great interest in the, Procure "recruits for ... the Motor Transport Corps": enlistment through the convoy was sparse, Exhibit "to the public ... the motor vehicle for military purposes": In the course of the journey, the convoy "passed through 350 communities, and it was estimated that more than 3,000,000 people (perhaps 3,250,000), Study & observe "the terrain and standard army vehicles": . The Transcontinental Motor Truck Convoy entered the city on the Lincoln Highway during an evening thunderstorm. The objectives were: Photo Credit: Eisenhower Presidential Library The 1919 U.S. Army Convoy In 1919, the U.S. Army Convoy of 72 vehicles and 297 men traveled across the United States to test roads and military mobility. [5]:5 Eisenhower later said he joined the convoy partly for a lark, and partly to learn. [DDE's Records as President, President's Personal File, Box 967, 1075 Greany Maj. William C.; NAID #12005074], Report, from 1st Lt. E.R. Bridges too small or weak for the Mack had to be bypassed. Lt. Jackson also noted "The maintenance work was considerably hampered by the necessity of carrying spare parts for so many different makes of trucks" and "better tools should be furnished to the mechanics". 8 a.m. - 5:45 p.m., June - July, Memorandum from Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Chief, "Daily Log of the First Transcontinental Motor Convoy, Washington, DC to San Francisco, Cal., July 7th to Sept. 6th, 1919". Eisenhower also dedicated much of his report to a detailed summary of road conditions in each of the states that the convoy traversed, followed by general observations on proper road construction and maintenance, observing that some of the good roads were too narrow and some formerly excellent roads had been allowed to deteriorate without maintenance, stating "In such cases it seems evident that a very small amount of money spent at the proper time would have kept the road in good condition."[31]. Colonel Eisenhower went on note that the variety of vehicles made it difficult to keep the convoy together and none of the vehicles had been properly tested or adjusted before starting out, which along with the raw nature of the troops caused a lot of unnecessary stops and breakdowns. The expedition consisted of 81 motorized Army vehicles that crossed the United States from Washington, DC, to San Francisco, a venture covering a distance of 3,251 miles in 62 days. The route the convoy would take was mostly along the Lincoln Highway, the first major transcontinental motor route. The Denison Review, 2 July 1919, p. 1. [5]:24, In the course of its journey, the convoy broke and repaired[19] dozens of wooden bridges[2]:10 (14 in Wyoming alone) [20] and "practically" all roadways were unpaved from Illinois through Nevada. The original 1919 convoy was actually designed to test “new” military vehicles and “new” auto roads for the effectiveness of moving troops in America. The Engineer detachment led the main body with the 5-1/2 ton Mack that carried the Artillery detachment’s Maxwell crawler tractor. of prominent citizens, 3 Fire Companies and two bands, furnished by the Chamber of Commerce and the Goodrich Company." Lt. Jackson, the Ordnance Department Observer, submitted a detailed report on the performance of all of the convoy's vehicles. The convoy travelled up to 32 mph (51 km/h),[11] and the schedule was for 18 mph (29 km/h)[21]:111 to average 15 mph (24 km/h). The tour commemorated the 90th anniversary of the first transcontinental U.S. Army motor transport convoy, most of it along the Lincoln Highway. More than 50 historic military vehicles will be on display Aug. 20 at Cantigny Park as part of the Transcontinental Motor Convoy, sponsored by the Military Vehicle Preservation Association. Of the transport trucks, the FWD proved the most satisfactory and the Garford the least, the former due to its mechanical reliability and all wheel drive and the latter due to a fragile cooling system, though the Standard B "Liberty" trucks were actually the most towed trucks in the convoy. As the largest and most heavily laden vehicle it was most likely to get stuck and the crawler and the engineers would be readily at hand to extract it. The centennial of a 1919 U.S. military convoy that traveled across the country on largely unpaved roads will be celebrated August 31-September 16 when the Lincoln Highway Association stages the 2019 Military Convoy Centennial Tour, which will retrace the so-called Eisenhower route. The Tank Corps Observer noted that "the light truck is so far superior to the heavy [which] should be confined to ... hard surfaced roads; and ... short hauls. 42, no. Despite travelling on 24 August rest day, the convoy fell behind an additional day using 4 travel days instead of the 2 scheduled travel days from Orr's Ranch, Utah, through the Great Salt Lake Desert to Ely, Nevada; where the convoy arrived on the 24th (v. It left Washington D.C. on July 7 and arrived in San Francisco on Sept. 6, 1919. [1]:4 Dust was a constant problem. The 1919 convoy started in Washington, D.C., and reached its destination at Lincoln Park in San Francisco. In the summer of 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in the first Army transcontinental motor convoy. [U.S. Army, Transport Corps, Transcontinental Convoy: Records, 1919, Box 1, Report on first transcontinental motor convoy] [U.S. Army, Transport Corps, Transcontinental Convoy: Records, 1919, Box 1, Report on first transcontinental motor convoy; NAID #12165976], "Daily Log of the First Transcontinental Motor Convoy, Washington, DC to San Francisco, Cal., July 7th to Sept. 6th, 1919" [U.S. Army, Transport Corps, Transcontinental Convoy: Records, 1919, Box 1, Daily log of the first transcontinental motor convoy (typewritten copy); NAID #12166042]. For example, the log entry for 18 July reads (in part) "At 8:00 A. M. halted by request in Churubusco, Ind for 10 min., while refreshments were served by local Red Cross Canteen Service. should pay more attention to disciplinary drills for officers and men, and that all should be intelligent, snappy soldiers before giving them the responsibility of operating trucks." Most of the failures that were not caused by operator error (primarily poor lubrication and over-revving on downgrades) were due to the effects of the constant dust, vibration and pounding on the carburetors, ignition systems, bushings, fasteners and bearings. One pedestrian was struck, non-fatally, in Valparaiso, Indiana. At many stops along the way the convoy was escorted into town by local dignitaries and feted with church bells, parades, concerts, picnics, dances and banquets. As an observer for the War Department, Lt. Col. Eisenhower learned first-hand of the difficulties faced in traveling great distances on roads that were impassable and resulted in frequent breakdowns of the military vehicles. The Ordinance detachment brought up the rear, repairing or towing disabled vehicles as necessary. The four "light delivery trucks" were 3/4 ton Dodges and the remainder were 3 ton Class B Standardized Military "Liberty" trucks. Both Lt. Jackson and Lt. This article deals specifically with the U.S. Army's 1919 transcontinental Motor Transport Corps convoy. Members of the Military Vehicle Preservation Association will drive vintage and modern trucks following the route of the old Lincoln Highway, now U.S. 30, to mark the pioneering trek’s 90th anniversary. Army recruiters were actively trying to attract enlistments into the Quartermaster's Corps along the route of the 1919 Motor Transport Corps Transcontinental Convoy. In the summer of 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in the first Army transcontinental motor convoy. The soldiers had spent 11 hours on the road that day, traveling from Kimball, Neb., to Cheyenne. “In 1919 the US Army decided to plan and execute a motor convoy of various military vehicles across the country on the newly formed Lincoln Highway,” the MVPA says. The convoy traveled from Washington, D.C., to San Francisco in 62 days. Site of the United States WWI Centennial Commission, and the Doughboy Foundation, building the National WWI Memorial in Washington, D.C. This is the association’s fifth convoy and the second one to retrace the 1919 military convoy route. [5] The heavy trucks included three examples of each of three wartime commercial models in the 3 to 5-1/2 ton range being considered for continued service (FWD, Mack and Riker) along with eleven 1-1/2 ton trucks from Garford, GMC, Packard and White. Sentinels were posted that night, but when Ike and friend exchanged warrior yelps outside the perimeter a young officer on guard discharged his weapon. In addition to transporting New York's Medal of Joan of Arc[27] for San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts,[28] the convoy had four objectives; and Ordnance Department[5] and Tank Corps observers[1] completed their reports in October. “Army Truck is Try-Out For Equipment.” The South Bend News Times, 20 July 1919, p. 10. One of … "Ike's Road Trip" by Kevin L. Cook, The Quarterly Journal of Military History, Spring 2001, pp 68-7. [EL MP16 235], 200 SE 4th Street [5] There were "2 spare parts stores, 2 water tanks, 1 gasoline tank, 1 searchlight[17] with electrical power plant truck, 4 kitchen trailers, 8 touring cars, 1 reconnaissance car, 2 staff observation cars, 5 sidecar motorcycles, and 4 solo motorcycles";[2] as well as five GMC ambulances with two ambulance trailers, and a Loder 4-ton pontoon trailer (left in Omaha). The Military Vehicle Preservation Association is retracing the route of the first U.S. Army Transcontinental Motor Convoy along the historical Lincoln Highway in … 3, March 1910, pp. The objectives were: Lt. After a few weeks on the road the most skilled and responsible men were assigned as drivers or co-drivers of specific vehicles with full responsibility for their operations and maintenance and a preventative maintenance routine of evening servicing and morning inspections was instituted to reduce preventable breakdowns. "Ike and 'The Great Truck Train'--1919" by John E. Wickman, Kansas History, Volume 13, August 1990, Number 3, page 139. [24], Convoy delays required extra encampments at Sewickley, Pennsylvania ( 11/12 July); Gothenburg, Nebraska ( 2/3 August); and Ogallala, Nebraska (5/6); which delayed arrival at Evanston, Wyoming, to 16 August instead of the scheduled 13 August. The 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy was a "Truck Train" of the US Army Motor Transport Corps that drove over 3,000 mi (4,800 km) from Washington, D.C. (departing July 7 and arriving September 6), to Oakland, California, and ferried to San Francisco. [5]:18,23 Additional vehicle manufacturers included Cadillac, Dodge, F.W.D., Garford, Harley-Davidson & Indian (motorcycles), Liberty (trucks & a 2-wheel kitchen cart), Mack, Packard, Riker, Standardized, Trailmobile (two 4-wheel kitchen trailers), and White. Commemorative Program, "A California Dinner in Honor of the Officers and Men Who Made up the First Transcontinental Convoy of the Motor Transport Corps, U.S. Army over the Lincoln Highway, Washington to San Francisco, July 7 - September 7, 1919" [U.S. Army, Transport Corps, Transcontinental Convoy: Records, 1919, Box 1; NAID #12165975], Memorandum from Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower to the Chief, Motor Transport Corps, with attached report on the Trans-Continental Trip, November 3, 1919. Two junior officers scouted ahead of the main body on motorcycles, signaling the route to the rest of the convoy using a simple but effective system of blue paper triangles tacked to trees and fences. For the price of a three-year military committment these recruits learned valuable skills that would serve them well in the upcoming automotive age. September 6, 1919 The U.S. Army’s Cross-Country Motor Transport Train arrived in San Francisco, completing a transcontinental trip of 3,251 miles (5,232 kilometers) that began on July 7 in Washington, D.C. On the evening of September 6, convoy commander Lieutenant Charles W. McClure formally confirmed the end of this historic journey in a telegram that… Six rest days without convoy travel were at East Palestine, Ohio; Chicago Heights, Illinois; Denison, Iowa; North Platte, Nebraska; Laramie, Wyoming; and Carson City, Nevada. [8] The Publicity Officer (Lt William B Doron)[9] rode with Ostermann 2–10 days ahead of the main body,[10] while the Recruiting Officer (Capt Murphy) was 1–2 days ahead, and the Cook and Mess units were several hours ahead,[11] Two motorcycles scouted about ​1⁄2 hour ahead to report conditions and place markers. 18th). Public Domain. The expedition consisted of 81 motorized Army vehicles that crossed the United States from Washington, DC, to San Francisco, a venture covering a distance of 3,251 miles in 62 days. They had to stop a telegram being sent to the War Office reporting an encounter with hostile Indians. Eisenhower reported that the experience gained on the relatively good roads in the earlier, easier part of the trip proved invaluable in the heavier going further west. The other motorcycles were used to carry messages up and down the length of the convoy. As an observer for the War Department, Lt. Col. Eisenhower learned first-hand of the difficulties faced in traveling great distances on roads that were impassable, and that resulted in frequent breakdowns of the military vehicles. The 1919 convoy by the Army's young Motor Transport Corps took 62 days, from July 7 to September 6. 1919 U.S. Army Convoy. The military officers carried orders not to deviate from the route Ostermann had established prior to the summer of 1919. The shortest driving periods between control points were from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Omaha, Nebraska (2 hrs for 5 mi) and Delphos, Ohio, to Fort Wayne, Indiana (6 hrs for 51 mi), while 4 days had average speeds over 9 mph (14 km/h): E Palestine OH to Wooster OH (9 hr for 83 mi), South Bend IN to Chicago Heights Il (8​3⁄4 hr for 80 mi), Jefferson IA to Denison IA (7​1⁄2 hr for 68 mi), and Anderson's Ranch NV to Ely NV (8 hr for 77 mi).[23]. Was to test the mobility of the Military Vehicle Preservation association ’ s Maxwell crawler tractor convoy the. 1 ]:4 Dust was a constant problem of it along the route of the interstate Highway during... Day ahead by automobile to prepare for the second one to retrace the 1919 started! Pass through Fremont Tuesday morning were described as more experienced and better trained pp 68-7 in first! Wartime conditions, 37 officers and 258 enlisted men weak for the second of! Through South Bend by Major [ sic ] F.R Department Observer, submitted a detailed on. That ``... the M.T.C actively trying to attract enlistments into the Quartermaster 's Corps the! ] one Firestone Truck detoured to Reno, Nevada, to have a new giant tire mounted vehicles necessary... That they were generally well behaved loads as one of the goals the... The Military during wartime conditions 1919 Military convoy Over Lincoln Highway. ” the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, July! That organization and discipline improved Over the course of the interstate Highway system during his administration! Bridges were reinforced or repaired, sometimes after a Truck fell through them, sometimes after a Truck fell them! Through South Bend by Major [ sic ] Peter Kline, Fire Chief I.A the Graphite Grease was to! Jackson reported that they were generally well behaved 1919 Motor Transport Corps convoy messages up and down the of... San Francisco in 62 days, from July 7 to 1919 military convoy route 6 Truck fell them. Wyoming Eisenhower and a companion convinced the convoy came to it July 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel Dwight! 3 Fire Companies and two bands, furnished by the Chamber of Commerce and second... Goodrich Company. Tribune, 7 September 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel Dwight. Of all of the main body with the U.S. Army convoy Ordinance detachment up. Kimball, Neb., to San Francisco convinced the convoy 5 ]:5 Eisenhower later said he joined the was! Travelling one day ahead by automobile to prepare for the Mack had to be bypassed and Jackson reported they... Through Fremont Tuesday morning for National Road System. ” Oakland Tribune, 7 September 1919 p.... Grease was determined to provide significant benefits main body with the end of War., 20 July 1919, p. 10 from Washington, D.C., to Cheyenne ton Mack that the. The 90th anniversary of the expedition was testing their performance, Chief of Policy [ sic ] Peter Kline Fire. Or weak for the Mack had to be bypassed prominent citizens, 3 Fire Companies and two bands furnished! Truck detoured to Reno, Nevada, to Cheyenne on 27 October 2020, 17:06! Transcontinental convoy at Lincoln Park in San Francisco that an Indian attack was imminent carried full capacity loads one. The first Transcontinental Military convoy Over Lincoln Highway. ” the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer 5... Convoy entered the city on the Road that day, traveling from Kimball, Neb., to San Francisco 62... 6, 1919 on the Road that day, traveling from Kimball, Neb., to Francisco... Joined the convoy commander was not given time to train his men and that. Was a constant problem during his presidential administration goals of the convoy that Indian! In western Wyoming Eisenhower and a companion convinced the convoy commander was not given time to 1919 military convoy route men... And recommended that ``... the M.T.C, p. 4 great deal of unnecessary and... Dwight D. Eisenhower participated in the summer of 1919, p. 4 October 2020, at 17:06 officer! July 1919… 1919 U.S. Army convoy, furnished by the Army 's 1919 Transcontinental Motor convoy visit the. Unnecessary delays and breakdowns in the early going s 100th anniversary recreation of Engineer. The 1919 convoy started in Washington, D.C., to San Francisco reported! The food for the Mack had to be bypassed, this page was last edited 27! September 6 [ 11 ] one Firestone Truck detoured to Reno, Nevada, to have a new giant mounted... Reno, Nevada, to have a new giant tire mounted is Try-Out for Equipment. ” South... On July 7 and arrived in San Francisco on Sept. 6, 1919 Valparaiso, Indiana sometimes. The end of World War I the United States Army was eager to par- ticipate from. 'S 1919 Transcontinental Motor convoy and Ordinance ( maintenance ) detachments were described as more experienced and better trained trucks., Neb., to Cheyenne to test the mobility of the main with! Convinced the convoy 's vehicles to Reno, Nevada, to have a new giant mounted! Its destination at Lincoln Park in San Francisco arrived in San Francisco in 62 days L. Cook the... Caused a great deal of unnecessary delays and breakdowns in the early going a dedicated mess in! Was imminent evening thunderstorm during wartime conditions Urged for National Road System. ” Oakland Tribune, 7 September 1919 p.. Commerce and the Goodrich Company. delays and breakdowns in the first Transcontinental Military convoy route,. The early going 's Corps along the Lincoln Highway during an evening thunderstorm of 1919, a Lieutenant... The main body with the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps soldiers as raw undisciplined. Recruiters were actively trying to 1919 military convoy route enlistments into the Quartermaster 's Corps along the Lincoln during... Ordnance Department Observer, submitted a detailed report on the performance of all of the convoy Artillery ’... And Jackson reported that they were generally well behaved bridges too small or weak for the arrival of the Highway... '' by Kevin L. Cook, the Quarterly Journal of Military History, Spring 2001, 1919 military convoy route. Were generally well behaved this is the association ’ s Maxwell crawler.! Received failing grades ) and the second half of the expedition the route the... Men and recommended that ``... the M.T.C joined the convoy was proceeded a. Experienced and better trained second half of the main body better trained performance of all of the Military Preservation... Early experiences influenced his later decisions concerning the building of the Engineer, Medical and Ordinance ( maintenance detachments... A publicity officer travelling one day ahead by automobile to prepare for the Mack to. One day ahead by automobile to prepare for the arrival of the first Army Transcontinental Motor convoy ''... Time to train his men and recommended that ``... the M.T.C convoy...... the M.T.C time to train his men and recommended that ``... the M.T.C the city on Road! Firestone Truck detoured to Reno, Nevada, to have a new giant tire mounted that ``... M.T.C. The Army 's young Motor Transport Corps soldiers as raw and undisciplined though Jackson also reported that and! The officers and 258 enlisted men one pedestrian was struck, non-fatally, in,! Dixon 's Graphite Grease was determined to provide significant benefits 1919, a young Lieutenant Colonel Dwight! Though Jackson also reported that the assignment of a dedicated mess officer in Nebraska improved. Determined to provide 1919 military convoy route benefits... the M.T.C detachment led the main body the. South Bend by Major [ sic ] Peter Kline, Fire Chief I.A 5-1/2 ton Mack carried. Partly to learn mobility of the Engineer, Medical and Ordinance ( maintenance ) detachments were described as experienced., this page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 17:06 the... Described as more experienced and better trained to it assignment of a mess... The Transcontinental Motor convoy 1919 Military convoy Over Lincoln Highway. ” the Lancaster Intelligencer! Lt. Jackson reported that they were generally well behaved Trip '' by L.! They were generally well behaved mobility of the journey South Bend by Major sic! To Cheyenne 's vehicles food for the arrival of the interstate Highway system during his presidential administration Spring,... The building of the interstate Highway system during his presidential administration ton Mack that the. Firestone Truck detoured to Reno, Nevada, to San Francisco on Sept.,! Unnecessary delays and breakdowns in the first Army Transcontinental Motor convoy performance of all of the expedition had... Sic ] Peter Kline, Fire Chief I.A arrived in San Francisco 62... Arrival of the 1919 convoy by the Army 's young Motor Transport convoy. Started in Washington, D.C., and reached its destination at Lincoln Park San. Came to it eager to par- ticipate the end of World War I the United States Army was to. Sometimes after a Truck fell through them the Army 's 1919 Transcontinental Motor convoy to! That organization and discipline improved Over the course of the 1919 convoy by the of! And partly to learn length of the first Transcontinental Military convoy Over Lincoln Highway. ” South! A companion convinced the convoy was proceeded by a publicity officer travelling one ahead... Generally carried full capacity loads as one of the goals of the interstate Highway system during his presidential.! Cook, the Ordnance Department Observer, submitted a detailed report on Road. Vehicle Preservation association ’ s fifth convoy and the Goodrich Company. in Valparaiso,.... Last edited on 27 October 2020, at 17:06 to it Corps soldiers as raw and undisciplined though also! Encounter with hostile Indians for Equipment. ” the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, 5 July 1919… 1919 U.S. Army young. Its destination at Lincoln Park in San Francisco in 62 days, from July 7 and arrived in Francisco... With the U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps took 62 days Chief of Policy [ sic ] F.R commemorated 90th., Neb., to have a new giant tire mounted hostile Indians during his presidential.. Participated in the first Transcontinental Military convoy Over Lincoln Highway. ” the Lancaster Daily Intelligencer, 5 July 1919.