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One of the icons of the Vietnam War is the Zippo lighter. Sure they are wind-proof and guaranteed by the manufacturer to light every time – if it didn’t, it was replaced for free – perfect for Vietnam. Everyone had one – even if they didn’t smoke cigarettes. Next to a P-38 can opener, a lighter came in handy for lighting a heat tab or C-4 when cooking meals or making coffee in the field.
Tattoos are popular today and allow recipients an opportunity to “advertise” those things they feel strongly about. Could be a picture, scene, saying or even foreign characters. Back in the day, engraving Zippo lighters was the rave in Vietnam. Every one of them was unique and “advertised” a bravado saying, homage to their units and reminders of those back home.
I had one with a saying, but have absolutely no idea what happened to it. …
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