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PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDJeffrey Klinger and George King III drive Ambulance 255 through the midway at the 2017 Great Allentown Fair. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography PRESS PHOTOS BY LOU WHEELANDJeffrey Klinger and George King III drive Ambulance 255 through the midway at the 2017 Great Allentown Fair. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Lt. Barela with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Allentown, tries her hand at turning the hand crank to start Ambulance 255 as Jeffrey Klinger watches. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Lt. Barela with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Allentown, tries her hand at turning the hand crank to start Ambulance 255 as Jeffrey Klinger watches. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography
Dressed in the wear appropriate modern and WW I uniforms are Jeffrey Klinger and George King III with Ambulance 255 and Lt. Nicole Barela and Spc. First Class Martin Mattix, senior medic with the Pa. Army National Guard, Allentown, stand in front of a modern day ambulance. Copyright - Lou Wheeland      Photography Dressed in the wear appropriate modern and WW I uniforms are Jeffrey Klinger and George King III with Ambulance 255 and Lt. Nicole Barela and Spc. First Class Martin Mattix, senior medic with the Pa. Army National Guard, Allentown, stand in front of a modern day ambulance. Copyright - Lou Wheeland Photography

World War I ambulance brings a bit of history to Allentown

Wednesday, October 25, 2017 by Lou Wheeland Special to The Press in Local News

Ambulance 255, a reconstructed 1916 Ford Model TT ambulance used during World War I made a stop at the Allentown Fair to help celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the opening of Camp Crane.

The fairground fields and facilities were used by the U.S. Army during WWI to train ambulance drivers for duty in France during the war.

The camp derived its name from Brigadier Gen. Charles Henry Crane, surgeon general of the Army from 1882-83.

The trainees used ambulances identical to Ambulance 255 both in training and in the field.

Taking three years of research and two years to construct, George King III was able to reconstruct a complete WWI ambulance using parts of Model TT Fords he keeps as a restorer of Model T’s.

His partner in the project is Jeffrey Klingler, who shares King’s enthusiasm for the antique ambulance.