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Posted: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 10:00 pm

When he was serving his country in An Khe, Vietnam in 1970, Dennis Boots drove a M151A2 Jeep through the jungles as a combat engineer.

The vehicle became such an integral part of his life that in 2005, he purchased the same model. And on Tuesday, he was sitting with his wife, Marilyn, and said he has found that driving the Jeep across America has its own set of challenges.

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5 comments:

  • posted at 10:28 am on Wed, Jul 8, 2009.

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    To ckmom:Unlike the convoy in town, the Jackson Funeral had streets closed down for them by the Highway Patrol. I too was able to see first hand, the convoy running red light after red light nearly cause accident after accident. I was at the intersection of highway 12 and lower sac. and they just ran the red light they were the only one on the roads. Also while they were behind me heading into Stockton, they also ran the red light making a left turn at the corner of eight mile and lower sac. Those Stockton people didn't take to kindly to these guys cutting them off and holding both the turn lanes and straight lanes. Good times!!

     
  • posted at 9:56 am on Wed, Jul 8, 2009.

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    Sorry I missed the convoy, but because of their delay in arriving in Lodi I had to leave my viewing spot to go on to other scheduled activities. It might have brought back memories of the army convoys that passed through our Southern California town during WW II. I liked your reporter's line: "Many of the cars were dusty from a rainstorm in Nevada." Does this refute Bob Hope's Line: "Texas is the only place where you can march in the rain and have dust blow in your eyes."

     
  • posted at 6:15 am on Wed, Jul 8, 2009.

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    I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO SEE A SMALL PORTION OF THIS CARAVAN ON MY WAY HOME FROM WORK. NOTICED SEVERAL VERY SMALL GROUPS OF PEOPLE WAITING NEAR LOWER SAC AND TURNER, SOME WAVING FLAGS. TOO BAD THIS WASN'T ON A WEEK END WHERE MORE COULD SEE. THESE VIETNAM VETS GAVE SO MUCH (AS ALL VETS HAVE & WILL)AND FOR THE MOST PART NEVER GOT THE RESPECT AND SUPPORT THEY DESERVED. WHAT A SPECIAL GROUP.........STRANGE THAT "WOWLODI" COULDN'T FIND SOMETHING NICE TO SAY INSTEAD OF POINTING OUT THE FACT ONE UNIT MAY HAVE GONE THRU A RED LIGHT...WONDER HOW MANY LIGHTS THE MICHAEL JACKSON GROUP RAN!!!!!!!!

     
  • posted at 3:01 am on Wed, Jul 8, 2009.

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    I really like how some of the jeeps in the convoy ran a red light in the intersection of hi-way 12 and Lower sac road.

     
  • posted at 1:43 am on Wed, Jul 8, 2009.

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    Sorry I missed it. Must have been quite a sight

     
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