Donated by Carolina Cline in loving memory and honer of her Father George C. Cline II, and two uncles, Leo Petroski and Raymond Cline - all veterans of WWII. Raymond died on Dec 7, 1941 and is entombed on the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.
During World War II, Harley-Davidson produced motorcycles for the U.S. military, including the WLA model. The WLA was a rugged and reliable motorcycle designed for use in combat, and it was used extensively by American soldiers during the war.
The WLA was based on Harley-Davidson's civilian model, the WL, but it had several modifications that made it more suitable for military use. These modifications included a stronger frame, a heavier duty suspension, blackout lighting, a larger air cleaner, and an oil bath air cleaner.
Harley-Davidson produced over 90,000 WLAs during the war, and they were used in a variety of roles, including reconnaissance, dispatch, and military police duties. The WLA was also used extensively by the U.S. Army's Airborne units, who found the motorcycle's compact size and maneuverability to be particularly useful.
The WLA's ruggedness and reliability made it a favorite among American soldiers, and it became an iconic symbol of the U.S. military during World War II. Today, the WLA is highly sought after by collectors and enthusiasts, and it remains a popular subject for historical research and study.