The trucking industry doesn’t hide its pride for America’s military, and that is evidenced by the number of trucks on the road that sport American- and military-themed graphics.
With Memorial Day being this Monday, May 25, here’s a look at some military- and patriotic-themed trucks to ring in the day set aside for honoring those who died in active duty while serving the country.
First up is a 1988 Freightliner FLT86 cabover that has been on display at MATS and GATS in recent years, owned by Ed Harwell, a U.S. Army veteran. The truck represents “what you might see in a war veteran,” says Harwell, a vice president with J.B. Hunt.
One of the more unique trucks at 2017’s Great American Trucking Show was Brad Hartwick’s 1978 Kenworth W900A that he transformed into a hot rod. “The Patriot” features American flag graphics on the front end of the rig, the preamble to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and more.
Owner-operator Grant Maxey’s 1988 Heil tanker is painted as a rolling tribute to military veterans. It features American flag graphics, a depiction of a battleship and more.
Owner-operator Sean McEndree’s “Band of Brothers” 2006 Peterbilt 379 pays tribute to those who have received a Purple Heart while in the service. DB Kustom Trucks built the truck from the frame up. Everything on the truck, inside and out, was rebuilt.