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    Arrow U S Army Rigs

    During WWI, Howe Fire Apparatus of Anderson, Indiana built 163 rigs for the U.S. Army. I have pictures and postcards of several of these pumpers in my collection, and now I am trying to determine where each of the 163 rigs was assigned.

    I'm sure they were scattered from the East to the West coast and some were possibly shipped out of the country, but if you can provide information about any of these rigs I would appreciate receiving it!


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    These are the military bases that I have been able to identify so far that received these rigs.

    Camp Lee Petersburg VA (2)
    Camp Lewis American Lake WA (2)
    Camp Taylor Louisville KY (4)
    Camp Upton Brookhaven NY (2)
    Fort Benjamin Harrison Indianapolis IN (4)
    Fort Riley Manhattan KS (5)
    Fort Screven Savannah GA (1)
    Fort Thomas Fort Thomas KY (1)
    Fort Vancouver Barracks Vancouver WA (2)

    Anybody seen any or heard of any more of these model T's?

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    Here is a photo of one of the Ford-Howe rigs. I believe that tis picture was taken at Camp Taylor near Louisville, Kentucky.


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    I can tell you with absolute certaintly that Ft Riley had some of these trucks. As the former "historian" for FRFD, there are pictures of these old trucks all over our walls. Can't tell you much more though. If it didn't kill people or blow things up, the Army never cared too much about what happened after it's retirement.

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    I do have a group photo of the Ft. Riley rigs in my collection. It's a panormaic photo that's about 3 feet long. It shows the Ford/Howe rigs along with a couple of White chassis rigs and a Dodge chief car.

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    Yeah. we have the same pic probably. Too bad we don't have one of the trucks. They probably wound up in a scrapyard somewhere.

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    Try www.DODFire.com,they should be ale to help also try the Louis F Garland fire acadamy in San Angelo, TX. They have a Military heritage foundation. They are trying to perserve some trucks and have a DOD memorial so give them a try.
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