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Rob "The Toonman" Butler
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          In May, I went to a Living History Day at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas, Oregon.  What a great show.  The Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon was well represented with many vehicles on display.  Tanks, Jeeps, Humvees, and many more interesting vehicles, including a WWII Japanese Tank and three German VW Kübelwagens. Many participants were dressed in period uniforms to match their rig, or camp set up. The periods covered from the Civil War up to present.  One highlight of the day was getting to see an M1 Abrams Tank fire its massive turbine engine then take off across the field at 50 mph!  It was awesome!

         The Oregon Military Museum was also open for all to see, and what an impressive sight it is.   Be sure to check out their website, it has some impressive information and a feature Catch the 'talkie' of their WWI Liberty Truck actually running. 

         What a great experience! Here is some information and pictures to share. Here is the official Press release on the event:



          CLACKAMAS, Ore. – May 20, 2006 – Sponsored by the Oregon Military Museum and the Military Vehicle Collectors Club of Oregon, the Ninth Annual Living History Day is a FREE public event on Saturday May 20th, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  It is held at the Oregon Military Museum, Camp Withycombe, 10101 SE Clackamas Road, Clackamas, Oregon 97015.

          In honor of America’s Veterans, Living History Day gives an exciting yet realistic glimpse of what military life was like.  From military bicycles to battle tanks, from Liberty Trucks to amphibious “DUKWs,” families can take in a full day of the sights, sounds and smells of America’s military past at the Oregon Military Museum on Armed Forces Day.

          Authentic military campsites from the American Revolution to present day, museum artifacts, arms, equipment, ordnance, uniforms and restored military vehicles can be viewed.  Visitors will meet re-enactors, living history enthusiasts and military vehicle collectors who are ready to share their expertise and knowledge about America’s military past.  Included are Museum tours and a Black Hawk helicopter fly-over.  Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

          “Living History Day brings to life an impressive collection of military artifacts and memorabilia,” said COL Tim Kelly, Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations.  “Families and friends get a chance to appreciate the freedoms won by our service men and women by seeing how they worked and lived.”


          And here are some photos that I took. Click on the image for a larger view. Gotta have a BIG view of these!

Tanks lined up by the museums entrance
Military ZMil Harley
An older, restored Humvee
Ford jeep with Trailer
Oshkosh Tanker truck
A Mule

          Over 25 years ago, when I was 15, I was at the base when they brought in two Japanese tanks that were found on a shooting range at Ft Lewis, Washington.  The plan was to build one good one out of the two.  I found out at the show that the tank on display is the final product of those two tanks!  It was a pleasure to see it together!!  

          I grew up in Clackamas, near the base, and being a HUGE Military fan, I used to go down there a lot to visit and see the men.  They'd give me patches and pins for my collection.  Now at 40, although I never served, I am a huge supporter and fan of the military!!!! 

WW2 Japanese Tank
Tank with Barrel pointed at the gate as you entered the base
Amphibious rig
M1 Abrams racing across the bases Tank course
Vietnam dressed soldiers dismounting a personnel carrier 

Two German VW Kübelwagens

A Sherman Tank with soldier in proper uniform
Bill Call's USMC Jeep

Me with a Tank -- (M7 Priest Motor Gun Carriage)

Rob "The Toonman" Butler
1956 Cameo AND 1956 Panel

          Some of our Stovebolters have military vehicles:

          And we have Military Links in the Lots O' Links pages. We have a feature story ABOUT the Toonman -- "Get Your Ride 'Tooned' up with Automotive Artist" ~~ Editor

v. August 2006

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