MANUFACTURER(S): Chrysler Corporation / Dodge - USA
WEIGHT: 3 Tons (2,685 kilograms; 5,919 pounds)
ENGINE: 1 x Dodge T214 in-line 6-cylinder engine developing 76 horsepower.
SPEED: 54 miles-per-hour (87 kilometers-per-hour)
Detailing the development and operational history of the Dodge WC54 3/4-ton Wheeled Battlefield Ambulance.
Entry last updated on 2/27/2016.
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The Dodge Model WC54 3/4-ton military ambulance was manufactured by the Chrysler Corporation, Dodge Brothers Division from the years 1942 through 1945 (the body work for the vehicle was completed by the Wayne Company). The ambulance was a replacement for the aged WC9 1/2-Ton series seen in prior decades and carried a standard crew of two in the forward cab as well as four patient litters in the covered rear section. Six casualties could be seated in the place of the four litters. Overall payload capability was 1,800 pounds while the WC54 featured a net weight of 5,920lbs and gross weight of 7,720lbs.
Featuring four-wheel drive capability, the Model WC54 rode on eight-ply tires which were mounted on 16-inch wheels. The engine was a Dodge-manufactured Model T214 inline six-cylinder gasoline-fueled engine of 76 horsepower output. The truck's maximum highway speed was listed at 54 miles per hour and a high clearance helped it traverse off-road to some degree.
Seeing considerable production and service during World War 2 (1939-1945) and the Korean War (1950-1955), the WC54 3/4-Ton ambulance would itself go on to be replaced by the WC64 KD which featured flat rear panels and was engineered to be broken down easily - hence the designation of "KD" for "Knock Down". The WC54 series of ambulance was featured regularly in the American television series "MASH", its storyline covering the Korean War.
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