A couple of Vietnam era lighters

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    A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by 1stDivVet on Mon Jul 05, 2010 8:19 pm

    Here's a couple "Zippo's" I've turned up cleaning the basement out.

    This one was given to me by a friend's dad when I graduated High School. He gave all of us that ran around together Zippo's. He was a retired police officer. I don't know if this was his or a reletives. I never knew his first name. We just called him Mr. Moore or Rob's dad.



    The part that is hard to read on the side with the 9th Naval District says:
    515-88-69
    Glenn Moore
    EN2

    The back has a RVN Service medal on it and is engraved:
    UDT-21
    U.S. Navy

    Lighter is a 7 point Zippo from 1967


    This one was given to me by the local surplus store guy. He wanted it to go to a collector and not a high school kid that'd use it.



    Says:
    Da-Nang
    Viet-Nam
    1965-1966


    Map of Vietnam with major cities or bases. From the top of the map:
    Hanoi
    Hue
    Danang
    Chulai
    Saigo(n)
    Camau

    Lighter is made by Noble and is a windproof model

    Enjoy!!

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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by 1stDivVet on Sun Jul 17, 2011 11:10 pm

    Picked up 2 more today at the local flea market.



    Says:
    DANANG
    VIETNAM
    65-66


    Map of Vietnam with major cities or bases. From the top of the map:
    Hanoi
    H.Phong
    Danang
    Chulai
    Nhatrang
    Saigon

    Lighter is made by Zenith and is the windproof model



    501st pocket patch type crest with motto "Geronimo"


    says:
    Company "C"
    501st Infantry
    101st Abn. Div.

    Made by Vulcan

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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by Vintagebob on Sun Nov 03, 2013 1:51 pm

    I came across lots of Vietnam era zippo on eBay, but every single one doesn't seems to be original from Vietnam military(repro/fake). If anyone knows where to find a real original Vietnam zippo, please kindly let me know. I feel interest to get one. Great thanks
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Sat Sep 19, 2015 6:39 pm

    Vintagebob wrote:I came across lots of Vietnam era zippo on eBay, but every single one doesn't seems to be original from Vietnam military(repro/fake). If anyone knows where to find a real original Vietnam zippo, please kindly let me know. I feel interest to get one. Great thanks

    First off, thanks to 1stDivVet for posting his photos of lighters. VintageBob, I collect Zippos and since I served in Vietnam in 1968-1969 my two interests merged.

    You are correct that practically all of the "Zippos" on eBay are repros/fakes. I have gotten to the point where a I won't buy a supposedly authentic Vietnam Zippo unless I can also get a copy of the original owner's military discharge document, the DD-214. Although this has meant that I have passed up a fair number of lighters that could have been authentic; the reverse is that the few that I have obtained are the 'real deal.'

    Good luck!
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by Sarge on Thu Feb 11, 2016 6:48 am

    I still have both the regular and the slim that I had engraved in RVN. Sent the slim to the wife.
    I have also picked up several others over the years, mostly at flea markets.
    Would post photos, but have just changed computers and I can't find them.
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Feb 11, 2016 10:04 am

    Sarge wrote:I still have both the regular and the slim that I had engraved in RVN.  Sent the slim to the wife.  
    I have also picked up several others over the years, mostly at flea markets.  
    Would post photos, but have just changed computers and I can't find them.  
    Sarge  

    That's great, Sarge! I know that my grandkids have an interest in military history that I've encouraged. One in particular is even interested in my lighters ... always good if we can share an interest in things!
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by 59tankbat on Thu Feb 11, 2016 12:03 pm

    Hi Guys!
    How do u now the difference between a fake amd a real Vietnam used Zippo?
    I see them for sale sometimes but i dont now anything about them ,so i never buy them. i hope u can tell me the diffrence between a fake and a real one.
    Thx so much.
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    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Thu Feb 11, 2016 2:13 pm

    59tankbat wrote:Hi Guys!
    How do u now the difference between a fake amd a real Vietnam used Zippo?
    I see them for sale sometimes but i dont now anything about them ,so i never buy them.  i hope u can tell me the diffrence between a fake and a real one.
    Thx so much.
    marc

    Hi Marc --

    There are usually several indicators:

    1. The location named and unit are not correct: for example, the First Infantry Division never had units at Danang.

    2.  Daft mis-spellings: no self-respecting GI would buy a lighter with the word "Infantry" spelled "Infanty" ... but, I've seen that several times.

    3.  Wobbly engraving: the letters should be crisp and the linear portions nice and straight.

    4.  This isn't always so, but most of the authentic Zippos will not have enamel or paint in the letters, themselves. Major exception is that many of the US Navy ship Zippos will be color enameled.

    5.  The bottom stamp of the Zippo should actually be stamped, not engraved.

    6.  The date listed is incorrect: for example, the Ist Infantry Division was in Vietnam from 1965 to 1970. If a lighter shows a unit of that Division with a 1973 date that would be telling that it's a bad one.

    7. Chrome completely gone from the lighter, leaving a brass finish. The finish has often been ground off or chemically removed.

    8.  Sayings or quotes that just don't make any sense. Here's one I saw recently "The power never win the willing of the people" ... what the heck does that mean.

    Hope all of this helps!
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by 59tankbat on Fri Feb 12, 2016 8:17 am

    Hi Joe,
    Thx very much for yr anwser,its very helpfull. cheers
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Fri Feb 12, 2016 10:14 am

    You're welcome, Marc! Regards, Joe
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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by 1stDivVet on Tue Oct 03, 2017 12:45 am

    A new one for the collection.

    "Presented
    By
    [right](I,,T, or F)SN Officers Open Mess"
    [/right]
    Map of Vietnam with cities(top to bottom)
    Hue
    DaNang
    Quinhon
    CamRanh
    Tan Son Nhut
    Saigon
    Bienhoa
    Binthuy

    Made by Penguin Mate







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    Re: A couple of Vietnam era lighters

    Post by Cobra 6 Actual on Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:54 am

    Nice one, 1stDivVet! I have a similar one that has a map with city names on one side and 'compliments of the USO' on the other side. If it tuns up I will post a photo.

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