Texas Veterans Add Vintage Ambulance to Display
Nov. 10--Kilgore Veterans Association will welcome the newest addition to Kilgore's Veteran monument Monday morning -- an ambulance that saw action during the Korean War.
"We're trying to get something from every war," said Kilgore Veterans Association committee chairman John Edney. "We've got something from the Civil War, World War II, now the Korean War and we're working on getting a jeep for Vietnam."
The ambulance, a 1952 Dodge M34 Ambulance Truck, will be on display at the local Veteran's Day memorial service Monday. True to its name, the 60-year-old vehicle was put to work in saving the lives of soldiers throughout the Korean War.
"They used it to pick up wounded on the battlefield to take back to the main hospital tent," Edney said.
After Edney purchased the vehicle online, it was taken to a local body shop for a touchup.
"I found this ambulance online," Edney said. "We acquired it, we're really glad to have it. Patterson Body Shop is painting it."
The refurbished ambulance will join the monument and its fellow war memorabilia officially Monday. All residents are invited to the remembrance ceremony at 9 a.m. at the U.S. Veterans Monument at Harris Street Park.
Find more Veterans Day events on Page 6A.
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