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Mighty Mite photos

Posted by Sgt Grit Staff
Photos (click on a photo to enlarge)
Side view of Mighty Mite Rear view of Mighty Mite View of Mighty Mite's engine Three quarters view of the right side of a Mighty Mite View of the back seat in the Mighty Mite

Sgt Grit Here are some pictures of a mighty mite. Its a civilian now but pretty well kept. They must have made their entrance in late 1960 or early 1961. This one has E-2-5 on the back. Must be echo 2nd bn 5th Marines. Any one remember these??? I saw my first one on Camp Hauge in 1960.

 Cpl Thomas Loch
 Camp Hauge Okinawa 1959-60


  1. Ronald Jacobs August 16 2012, 4:32 am

    I was at camp Swab in Okinawa from 1959 t0 1960 in motor Transport as a Mech. and had to work on them we were the first Marines on that base even before it was done.                      Cpl. Ronald C Jacobs

  2. Joseph P. Best August 16 2012, 8:42 am

    I remember these well as I was with Echo 2/5 in 61 to 63 as company Corpsman. Used them a lot while there and also when with 3/8 in N.C. Seen a few in Viet Nam in 60’s.

  3. Sarah Driver August 16 2012, 9:02 am

    Wish I had one of these!

  4. Thomas Messimer August 16 2012, 9:15 am

    Cool.  I loved those little vehicles - even though you could roll one in a second.  I had my experiences with them in Vietnam.  Saw one on one of the Pawn shows recently that was perfectly restored to new condition.  It was awsome - so was the price he was asking.  I’d love to have one.

  5. Gary Young August 16 2012, 11:01 am

    I was at camp Hague in 1961 on a work detail at the motor pool and was bad and drove one, even tho I wasn’t allowed to, and had a Ball driving around the motor pool.

    Later heard a Lieutenant in charge of the motor pool ordered anti freeze for the air cooled Mighty Mites!  Cpl Gary Young 1960- 64

  6. Robert Treitler August 16 2012, 1:27 pm

    I saw, and drove my first Mighty Might in 1966 for G/2/1 which was stationed 20 miles south of Da Nang off of Hwy 1,and 3 miles east of Anderson Trail.  We welded a long piece of pipe to the deck behind and between the two front seats.  We used the pipe for a mount for an M-60.
    Hwy 1 and Anderson trail were know for snipers, I would get shot at all the time while driving on these two roads.  It gave us a feeling of comfort knowing we had some firepower to return fire with.  It was surprising how fast a little Might Might can go when you are being shot at.

    Sgt. R.I. Treitler

  7. chuck Wilson August 17 2012, 1:58 pm

    We used the Mighty Mite to pull the 4.2 Howtar, when I was with the
    10th Marines. Camp Le Jeune, N.C. 1961 - 62

    C.Wilson L/Cpl
    1958 - 1962

  8. james sanborn August 18 2012, 7:10 am

    Yes i do reamber the mighty mite.  I was one of the first ones to try one. The motor pool segt said come and take it any time you want and then writ a rebort about it . How it handles ect. It was 1959 when i drove it . Would lay rubber in all 4 gears go fast uneal.It was made so it and all men could be airliffed at the same time it was made all aluminum for weight. It was a test jeep made by american motors. This was in 1959im camPen Calif where they were alot of hills to try it out . About the same time i think the Ontoes Tank with six one o sixes three on each side.  60 miles anour.  Had a Roll Royce motor

    Lcpl james sanborn     19581962

  9. james sanborn August 18 2012, 7:21 am

    I was in Okinawa in 59 60 Haveing a reunion in sept of B/1/1.  At the Luxor Hotel in Las Vegas NV We have about 50 so far.

    Lcpl james sanborn

  10. john haberlander November 05 2015, 9:15 pm

    Hey guys I have a mite, bought it in pretty bad shape and frame off complete restore, I drove one in Nam with 3rd 8 inch howitzer batt. It is a very cool vehicle, it will be in the Veterans Day parade in Bakersfield on the 11th. Funny thing everybody thinks it’s a mutt.

  11. Charles Mikosky November 06 2015, 6:00 am

    Took a class on driving them. A great machine. If you pulled a rod that closed off the engine compartment, plugged in the vent that attached to the side of the window, and put on the muffler attachment, you could go through water that was over your head sitting in the driver’s seat. I also drove one in Cuba along the fence-line as part of a reactionary team if anything went wrong somewhere during the night. I really liked driving those things and wondered what happened to them.

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