Skip to comments.Vintage Vietnam Era Zippo Lighters
Posted on 02/25/2016 12:24:52 PM PST by beaversmom
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Last is best.
I keep seeing all those lighters covered in sweat.
Wish I still had mine, Kill a Commie for Christ, Zap a Zip for Jesus.
Popular in my time.
Those are fascinating. Sort of a late 20th century version of scrimshaw.
Those are great! I remember as a kid with GIs coming home I knew talking about “Zippo Raids” on Charlie villages.
My Marine buddy picked up some of that lingo while in Nam. Love to listen to him when he’s p*****.
I had one with a map of Vietnam (N & S) in which Tam Ky was the only city.
ARVNs, Chieu Hois and PRUs thought that pretty funny.
I kinda figured what Zip meant, but had to look up to be sure:
I lost mine the same night I lost my Seiko watch.
OMG you mean our troops were allowed to SMOKE? But I mean, that’s SOOOOOOOOOOoooooo bad for your health!!!! (Just thought I’d impart ‘today’s emasculated male mindset’ in stark contrast to the real men of Vietnam).
I remember seeing lots of lighters with worse statements at the shops on Okinawa. Don’t know if they were Zippo or not.
I’ve been to Vietnam a few times on business recently. An American ZIPPO lighter, particularly with a cool logo or marking is among best gifts you can give to a man there.
Thanks for sharing. I think it would be very interesting to go there. :)
My dad was there 64 to 65.
I bet he gets colourful. :)
Orientals have a slant to their eyes that resembles the prongs on a Zipper. Zap is to get dead, as in we got ambushed yesterday and three guys got Zapped and eight got dinged, wounded,
I had a lighter from Viet Nam engraved with the name of every city and Ville I was in. When I went to Okinawa it fell from my shirt pocket and was lost in the sea.
I remember when cigarettes were removed from C-rats. The note in the case stated they were bad for our health. We were under fire at the time.
Sundry Packs still had cartons.
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