Posted 9 years ago
Okay military folks, educate me here. This ashtray weighs a ton (well, 15 pounds), appears to be made of solid brass, has felt on the bottom, and has interesting print on the top. One side says "USS Oklahoma City", one says "J.D. Ratliff" and one says "CG - 5 -1975 -1978".
Now, was this an ashtray that would have been on the ship while it was in service? Who is J.D. Ratliff? I assume the 1975 - 1978 are just dates, but how is that significant? What do the other numbers mean?
Someone out there knows all about this item, please fill me in!