|Bill Mauldin. Up Front. New York: Henry Holt & Co., 1945.|
The Jeep was beloved of American soldiers during World War II. Below, how it almost didn't happen. From From Katherine Tupper Marshall, Together. Annals of an Army Wife. Tupper & Love Inc., 1946. The author was the wife of General George C. Marshall, U.S. Chief of Staff.
This account doesn't quite jive with other historical information, but it makes for a cute story. As to how the Jeep got it's name, there are various theories:
|The Reader's Digest Book of Strange Stories, Amazing Facts. Montreal: The Reader's Digest Association (Canada) Ltd., 1975.|
For the most authoritative answer I've encountered, see How the Jeep* got its name....