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The Red Ball Convoy is coming to Norman

Submitted by Ed Anderson, Herbert A. Littleton Det. 1261 Commandant

On the 12th of June 2021, a convoy of vintage military vehicles will be departing Mena at approximately 8am from Janssen Park. The convoy route will follow Highway 71 to Highway 88 to Pencil Bluff, then on to Mountain Harbor. Departing Mountain Harbor the convoy will visit the recently restored Norman High School in the town of Norman, Arkansas. 30+ vehicles ranging from 1/4 ton jeeps to 2 1/2 ton trucks will make up the convoy. Vehicles will range from WW2 vintage to current issue. Participants will tour the school during this stop. 

The 2021 Red Ball convoy, hosted by the Arkansas MV Travelers commemorates the Red Ball Convoy of World War II fame. 

The original Red Ball Convoy lasted 82 days and operated over 6,000 trucks. The Red Ball Express as the original operation was called was responsible for more than 412,000 tons of fuel, ammunition, and equipment being transported. 

77 years later we honor not only the men of the original Red Ball Express but all the men and women who have served in our nation’ military before and since World War 2. 

The public is welcome to come and view the convoy, speak with participants, and see some rolling history. A static display of vehicles is planned for the afternoon of Friday, 11 April at Janssen Park in Mena. Convoy vehicles will again be at the park after the convoy ends on Saturday at approximately 6pm. 

The ARMVPA would like to thank the folks at the Norman school for opening their doors as well as the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, the Marine Corps League detachment in Mena, AR, VFW Post 4451, and Mountain Harbor Resort for their support. 

If you would like more information about the convoy, visit: https://armvpa.jeep1942.com/red-ball-convoy/

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