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Kicking around an idea for the Jeep

Since we don't know the history of the vehicle, I'm thinking I'll just make it a Castle jeep.

So, I'm going to use a simple straight up alpha-substitution cipher for the registration number.

Which one d'you like better?

US ARMY
311920125 = Castle

Or,

US ARMY
11377888 = Argghhh

That's what it would look like on the hood.  According to the sources, Army registration numbers normally started with 20, but... hey.

I'm thinking about this for bumper markings:

5A-FFCA CA-6

Which means 5th Army (that's the guys who are currently responsible for the land defense of North America, better known as ARNORTH) and the FFCA means Fighting Fusileers of Castle Argghhh!, which is what I called my Soldier's Angel fund-raising teams.

CA-6 means Castle Argghhh 6, with 6 being the traditional bumper number of the commander's vehicle. I could also go with the more traditional HQ-6

Whatcha think?

Got other ideas?

24 Comments

"2A - TKABA - HQ-6"
 
I'd suggest that the CA in CA-6 is kinda redundant with the CA in FFCA, so I'd recommend that you just go with the traditional HQ-6.

Or maybe BAMF-6:  "Bad @$$ MoFo-6".  LOL
 
Bill, hadda think about that one a bit.  That fits.  If I wanted to get really obscure, ML-6.

Or to get *really* obscure - Μλ-6
 
I think the Greek letters make it less obscure, not more.  But shouldn't that be a capital lambda, for consistency?

 
It'd be less obscure if you went with a faux marble background -- or frame it between a pair of Mi-2s and get *really* obscure...
 
John,

Just curious, in your comment, #3, you write,

"Or to get *really* obscure - M(Lambda, lower case Greek 'L')-6"

Now, if you wanted to go to the upper case  of the same letter, to do the upper case of that letter in the Greek, just do an inverted "V".

Have some fun!
 
John,

   There's also the various standard acronyms.......

   SNAFU-6;    FUBAR-6;    FYBIJAR-6;    FYBIRA-6;    FYBING-6,

   or my favorite:  FYBIBM-6  (as in eff you buddy, I bayoneted mySELF 6.

    Personally, anyone who bayonets himself is seriously hardcore in MY book.  :)

   heh
 
You're a redleg...how about:

US Army
105155203

I know...rather mundane and obscure.
 
Kirk - that's a good thought, too.

And, as I've just demonstrated, I don't know my Greek alphabet very well.  For the record, I swiped it from Chuck Z's email sig, where the second word is in lower case.

Since I do intend to run this in parades and such, I'm thinking the "know your mother in an excessive and socially unacceptably way" offerings are probably not going to make the cut.  I can just see me explaining the bumper markings to a curious onlooker there with his or her children.

Snafu and fubar can work, as "fouled" can be substituted for the Anglo-saxon pressure release.
 
I can see where this is going, and I will not lower myself to partake in such perfidy.
 
On the comment about being a redleg, the number could be 75105155203.  The US Army used to have pack howitzers of 75 mm caliber during WWII.  I admit the number would be two digits longer, but it would be more accurate.  One problem with such a number system would be the fact our troops often used anything they got their hands on, which included enemy firepower.  Allied forces sometimes used the pound rating such as the British 3 pounder, etc.
I suggest tricking it out like the jeeps on the television show, "The Rat Patrol", and then you could get an old vehicle named, "The Thing", and turn it into a German desert car.  The VW Thing is pretty close to the old German vehicle used during the war.
 
OK..let's go real obscure.  Use your alpha-substitution scheme (any 2-digit number add together to get one digit), along with the redleg theme:

A R T I L L E R Y = 192933597

Just don't forget...the meaning of life is 42.
 
HH - someone around here does have either a Kubelwagen or a "Thing" modded to look like one.

I got rolled in a Thing when I was in college.  Not sure I want to give one another chance to kill me...

We are going to kit it out with a pintle-mounted machine gun.
 
 John,

Ancient languages, speaking, reading and writing was a part of my job spec. It's no big deal when you compare it with your background, even the stuff you figured was not worth the effort to remember. 

@Fishmugger, You wrote, "I can see where this is going, and I will not lower myself to partake in such perfidy." Now you wrote that you would not lower yourself to that point, Are sure you don't mean raise raise yourself to that very same point? Join the rest of us, *SNARK*! Don't worry, you'll still be a "Total failure at being a pompous A$$."

@John, all of that *and* common sense! My father always paraphrased Voltaire. I believe it is quite appropriate here. The paraphrase sounded like this, "Common sense ain't all that common."
 
Well, if it was an Infantry MOS involved, it would be "136900" -- an unlucky c**ksucker with a license to kill.  I'd go with the ARRRGH numerical series.  HQ-6 is the appropriate bumper number.

Can anyone explain the origin of using "6" as the commander's call sign? 

Did it have anything to do with the late 1960's TV series "The Prisoner"?  The hero of the story was "Number 6".

Our mech batallion adopted BOHICA as our internal call sign (for various reasons) and our internal call signs were BOHICA-6 (Bn CDR), BOHICA-3 (Bn S3), BOHICA-A6 (Alfa Company Cdr), etc.

There must be a story behind it somewhere.
 
Whoops.  Should've pre-viewed before submitting.

Number should read "1369007".
 
HQ-6??? is the wife driving the Jeep?  Probably should read HQ-5 if you are the asigned driver.
 
6 is the traditional number of the Commander's jeep?  Originally, those numbers designated the order of march for a convoy.

I can't recall ever seeing anything except HQ 1 parked in front of the Orderly Room.

http://www.lonesentry.com/panzer/jeep-markings.html

 
RJ - you're correct, at least through the early 60's.  TB 746-93-1, "Color and Marking of Military Vehicles, Construction Equipment and Materials Handling Equipment" dated October 1964 gives the following guidance in Secton III, Para 9, sub-para j:

j. The vehicles will be numbered as indicated below.
(1) This marking is the sequence number of the vehicle in the normal order to march within the unit to which it is assigned.
(2) Vehicles assigned to any headquarters will be numbered with the vehicles of the appropriate headquarters unit, and will be given the lower sequence numbers used therein.
(3) Vehicles assigned to transportation motor pools may be assigned numbers in any appropriate sequence.

Sometime during the Vietnam adventure, probably due to radio callsigns, 6 got fixed as the commander's vehicle in many units.  I know it was in all the units I served in - except when I commanded HHB, then, because the DIVARTY Cdr already had HQ6, my truck was HQ66.

Good thing I didn't have yet another subordinate commander....
 
This is not difficult.  The S1 was 1, the S2 2, etc. in call signs, once upon a time.  The vehicle bumper numbers followed that same convention for principal staff.  It was natural to assign 5 to XO and 6 to CO.  Commo 10; Survey 15 etc.  BCs 26, 46, 66;  XOs 25, 45, 65, etc.  I forget the others but this was an Army-wide convention until late 60s.  The only bumper number deviation I came across was the 82nd Abn Div, where the Bn CO had HQ1, BC had C1, etc., but the callsigns followed convention.
 
My understanding was that the use of the numeral "6" for the unit commander was strictly unofficial.  Officially per Division SOP, HQ-1 was the Commander's vehicle.  HQ-2 was the XO, HQ-3 was the S-3. 

Don't remember the logic for the other staff weenies, but we exercised both official and unofficial call-signs. As Battalion and DIVARTY S-4, I took whatever vehicle the Motor CWO assigned me.  Bad COMSEC, I know, but hell, Ivan knew where we were and who we were anyway.

For external radio traffic, we used the daily CEOI assignments.
 
John,

I'm weighing in late on this, but had to give this serious matter some serious thought. 

USA No.:  Whatever rings your bell, your faithful correspondents have made some good suggestions.

Bumper No:  Your plan is a big negatory.  This is an historic vehicle and deserves historically accurate bumper numbers.  What were you thinking?  In view of your interest in a local connection to your vast estate, I suggest that you use the designation for the artillery battery that manned the nearby Nike site.  The proper period would be 1957-1960, so that would be before the split between Air Defense and Field Artillery which should assuage your bent against duck hunters in favor of cannon cockers.  At that time, they were Redlegs all.

Now, I don't know what unit might have manned said battery, but a quick trip to the CAC Library should provide an answer.  The BC would of course be assigned HQ - 1 and you are all set.  Ensure that you use proper colors, stencils, etc. - you cannot drive some jakeleg poser in a Veterans Day parade.
 
LC - Excellent idea, and I'm surprised it never occured to me.  That would be Delta Battery, 5th Missile Battalion, 55th Artillery, and is exactly the correct period.  And would serve to remind people there were once nukes at Fort Leavenworth.
 
Ah so... I guess Nellie Belle is right out then?