Posted 8 years ago
I posted these lighters before last year when I was listing items under another handle (long story there). Anyway, here they are again.
I bought my first Zippo (left & middle photo) at the Base Exchange at Phan Rang Air Base in Vietnam in the summer of 1967. It was engraved for me by a local Vietnamese sidewalk vendor in the village of Top Chon. A buddy of mine in the welding shop soldered the Philippine 50 centavo piece onto the reverse side for me. I carried it and used it every day until the hinge started to get sloppy. Zippo fixed that for me, free of charge, and they gave me a new insert which was never used. They also returned the original insert.
The second Zippo (right hand photo) I bought in 1973 when I was stationed at a remote radar site located in Kotzebue, Alaska, up on the Arctic Circle. This one also received heavy use; you can see that all the paint has worn off of the Squadron Emblem. This unit still has the original insert. It would likely work with a new flint, but I have not smoked in many years.