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Military Vehicle Historical Society
THE HISTORY OF THE GPA MVHS
The GPA MVHS was organized in 1976 as the Greater Pennsylvania Chapter of the International Military Vehicle Collectors Club.
The object of the GPA MVHS is to preserve, maintain and disseminate the history of its vehicles and of their contribution to the history of our country. The GPA MVHS is an affiliated chapter of the MVPA, (Military Vehicle Preservation Association) an international organization. The MVPA maintains a website at: www.mvpa.org.
Our membership currently stands at just over 120. The equipment count varies with the constant acquisition and disposition of vehicles and associated equipment. All equipment is privately owned and has been restored by the members themselves.
Jeeps, 1/2 and 3/4 ton weapons carriers, 1-1/2, 2-1/2 and 5 ton trucks, armored cars, half-tracks and various trailers of World War II, the Korean Conflict, the Vietnam era and Operation Desert Storm comprise most of the vehicles. Vehicle ownership is not a requirement for membership, just an interest in military vehicles.
The GPA MVHS holds its own rallies, takes part in many regional parades, rallies and shows sponsored by other MVPA chapters, municipalities, veterans organizations and restoration groups such as the Mid Atlantic Air Museum, combining its vehicles with their equipment to provide a comprehensive view of our military heritage.
Our members support the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media, PA. with volunteers, equipment and vehicles for display.
The Journal, a monthly newsletter published by the GPA keeps members informed about upcoming events, shows and parades. Members can also advertise vehicles and parts for sale in the newsletters classified section.
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