Veterans Day parade to feature restored WWII ambulance
The ambulance, donated by a veterans group to the VA hospital, was first delivered to the Army on Sept. 3, 1942
RENO, Nev. — A remodeled 1942 Dodge Army ambulance will be featured in the annual Veterans Day Parade in downtown Reno on Tuesday.
The WC-54 ¾-ton vehicle is owned by the Department of Veterans Affairs and was refurbished by the Nevada Army Guard. The cooperative effort between the Veterans Affairs Sierra Nevada Healthcare System hospital in Reno and the Nevada Army Guard to restore the vehicle began more than a year ago.
“The ambulance looks fantastic,” said Darin Farr, the public affairs officer for the VA hospital. “When it first rolled out, I could imagine how it looked brand-new back in 1942. The team did a great job.” The ambulance, donated by a veterans group to the VA hospital, was first delivered to the Army on Sept. 3, 1942. It served with 386th Bombardment Group in France and England during World War II from July 1942 until the war concluded.