Do you who Major E. P. Hogan is? No, not that Hogan but the jeep related Hogan.

Do you know who Major E. P. Hogan is? No, not that Hogan but the jeep related Hogan.

Major E.P. Hogan writes about the jeep?

By the way who is Major E.P. Hogan? Major Hogan wrote about the jeep when it was first coming on board. You could find out more in various books about the early WW2 jeep.

Maj. Hogan in Hail To The Jeep said the following, “‘Jeep’ is an old Army grease monkey term that dates back to WWI and was used by shop mechanics in referring to any new motor vehicle received for a test. In recent years, the word has been used especially by the Armored Force but not in relation to the 1/4-ton. Just when this generally used term was specifically applied to the vehicle it now describes is hard to say. Its popularity grew from its general use by the public.”

The new Bantam jeeps on one of the first field tests.

The new Bantam jeeps on one of the first field tests.

Part of the above is often cited as appearing in “a history of Jeep development for the Army’s Quartermaster review in 1941.”  Major Hogan then a Lieutenant wrote two articles for Quartermaster Review during 1941. The first article was one page and it was entitled “The Bug”. The word “jeep” is not mentioned at all, however, “bug,” “bantam,” and “puddle-jumper” are listed.  This article appeared in the March/April 1941 issue. The second article was called “The Story of the Quarter-Ton — The Army’s Smallest Car Known as a “Jeep.” In this article there is no reference to “grease monkeys” or even from where the word jeep came from.

There is no notation but since Hogan is listed as a Major, this information may have come from Wells “investigation” (Hail To The Jeep) into the history of the jeep. He sent out little forms to various officers and men in order to find out what they knew about the jeep and its development.

For more about the WW2 jeep and its’ early history check out – Jeep – Its development and procurement under the Quartermaster Corps, 1940-1942. It’s available from Amazon.com and other booksellers!