In the vocabulary of U.S. forces in Vietnam, Rome Plow came to be synonymous with land clearing. Of all the various types of land-clearing equipment tested in Vietnam, the military standard D7E tractor, equipped with a heavy-duty protective cab and a special tree-cutting blade manufactured by the Rome Company of Rome, Georgia, proved to be by far the most versatile and effective. The tractor took its name from its most imposing feature-the huge blade on the front.
The photo is of an M123 10-Ton Tractor with its M127 25-Ton Trailer and D7 Caterpillar Bulldozer. We thank Mr. Phil McGuire for letting us use it.
We have located both a 1968 Caterpillar D7 bulldozer AND an M123 10-Ton Tractor with its M127 25-ton Trailer.
We are looking at acquiring both in the near future. The M123 requires extensive restoration, but the tires are good, and all the parts are there.
The D7 needs some detail work, an oil leak fixed, and repainting (it's yellow now).
Anybody who has knowledge of these vehicles, including manuals and photographs, please contact Robert. We need all the help we can get.
Photos are coming!