Okay, well the Pentagon Library came through! Yes, AR 705-14, 31 October 1963, was the first official recognition for assigning popular names to major items of Army equipment. It confirmed the unofficial policy set forth in DA Memo 705-3, 21 July 1959. The categories and suggested names were;
(1) Infantry weapons-famous early American pioneers. Examples: CROCKETT, CARSON, CODY, and BOONE.
(2) Field artillery weapons-action nouns.Examples: KILLER, CONQUERER, PEACEMAKER, and DESTROYER.
(3) Air defense artillery weapons-action nouns. Examples: DEFENDER, PROTECTOR, BLOCKER, and SHIELD.
(4) Tanks-American generals. Examples: LEE, JACKSON, STUART, WASHINGTON, MEADE, and HOOKER.
(5) Armored combat vehicles (less tanks) - animals associated with speed. Examples: CHEETA, COUGAR, PANTHER, and LEOPARD.
(6) Antitank and assault weapons-vicious reptiles and insects. Examples: COBRA, RATTLESNAKE, COPPERHEAD, VIPER, WASP, HORNET,
SCORPION, and TARANTULA.
(7) Army aircraft-Indian terms and names of American Indian tribes and chiefs. Examples: MOHAWK, IROQUOIS, CHEROKEE, GERONIMO, and TECUMSEH.
(8) Communications, electronic and surveillance equipment-words descriptive of the function of the equipment. Examples: SENTRY, MASTER, and SCOUT.
(9) Engineer mobility equipment-animals associated with building, construction, industriousness, or strength. Examples: MOLE, FERRET, BADGER, BEAR, and BUFFALO.
Note that the only World War II relevant popular names retained were for the tanks, while WOLVERINE remains ever elusive.