FREE: **SPECIAL VINTAGE AUCTION** ZIPPO COLLECTORS MUST HAVE!! USED DURING VIETNAM WAR

**SPECIAL VINTAGE AUCTION** ZIPPO COLLECTORS MUST HAVE!! USED DURING VIETNAM WAR
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During the Vietnam War, approx. 200,000 Zippo's were sent to the soldiers stationed in Southeast Asia. I have here one of them that was sent to Siem Reap, Cambodia. I just recently visited my country from 3/11/2012 and on my return in 06/05/2012, i brought a few along that I wanted to keep in my own collection and wanted to share this with all my Listia Fans and collectors alike. Story goes, I met this elderly lady while I was visiting and she was telling me about how America bombed parts of Cambodia to cut the supply route from there to Vietnam, She showed me photo's of her family and of her recently deceased husband, who was in the Cambodian Army during the war. She told me how she had to sell everything she had, to do a funeral for her husband. Living in a straw house, with her dog and a few chickens, and wearing clothes that seemed like they were a few years old. From the corner of my eyes, I seen a few things she had left over and told me they were things that her husband had found while in the Army. She asked for help, and was begging me to buy those articles from her. As I looked in the bamboo woven basket, I seen a few zippos and i knew that I had to have them. So I bought all 6 of them from her. She asked for so little money and I knew that I couldn't just rip her off, knowing its value. So lets just say, I gave her 4x what she had asked for.

The Zippo is made of brass and stainless steel insert. In the photos, the blue color is just a reflection from the table. Engraved on the back of the Zippo is;
"FOR THOSE WHO HAVE FOUGHT FOR IT FREEDOM IS A THING THE PROTECTED WILL NEVER KNOW"

DO NOT MISS OUT ON THIS INCREDIBLE AUCTION, WATCH, FAN, SHARE, & BID HIGH TO WIN!!

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If this auction goes for than 40k credits, I may place another one.

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Questions & Comments
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awsome item my dad was army recon 2tours in Nam '67-'68 he was going to do 3 but they made him go home after his 3rd purple heart. I collect old military items hope i get this great auction
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Jun 10th, 2012 at 12:58:17 PM PDT by
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the old womans husband probably had it given to him by a GI we had spec ops guys in Laos and Cambodia(Kampuchia to some) training the locals to fight and ambush nva and viet cong on the ho chi minh trail. Funny thing is we werent supposed to be there. This item is proof we were.
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Jun 10th, 2012 at 1:03:32 PM PDT by
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the Engraved on the back of the lighter was not done by zippo , the G.I that owned the zippo did the Engraved work , most wrote how they felt about the war , they are the thoughts of the boys who fought for our freedom , that is what makes this lighter one of a kind , there are not 2 zippos that came back from that war that are a like in any way .... this is remarkable ...
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Jun 10th, 2012 at 7:56:07 PM PDT by
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you are a good person for helping her out last year i was shot 7 times stopping a home invasion for my neighbor who i dont really know
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Jun 7th, 2012 at 7:33:47 PM PDT by
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awesome history to this item. Hoping to be the owner of this amazing zippo, and the engraving on the back rings so true. Much love for our troops. F&W
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Jun 8th, 2012 at 2:39:57 PM PDT by
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the question is what is it worth , now that is debatable. to the man who died fighting its worthless to his family there are no words , to a collector , right around $80.00
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Jun 10th, 2012 at 7:59:49 PM PDT by
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f&w
Jun 7th, 2012 at 3:43:19 PM PDT by
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my wife would love to have this is there anyway you can make it less days?
Jun 7th, 2012 at 3:44:21 PM PDT by
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awesome i collect zippos and this would be a great addition
Jun 7th, 2012 at 6:30:54 PM PDT by
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fanned and watching for now
Jun 7th, 2012 at 7:30:39 PM PDT by
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F & W
Jun 7th, 2012 at 9:56:55 PM PDT by
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f&w
Jun 8th, 2012 at 3:30:03 PM PDT by
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awesome...
fanned and watching
Jun 8th, 2012 at 8:21:36 PM PDT by
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Nice
Jun 9th, 2012 at 3:24:47 PM PDT by
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Have you had the insert replaced ??? and could you post a pick of the insert outside of the case !!!
Jun 9th, 2012 at 4:45:32 PM PDT by
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Jun 10th, 2012 at 12:13:36 PM PDT by
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Absolutely amazing!! Great auction F&W
Jun 10th, 2012 at 5:59:46 PM PDT by
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I lost mine when i stepped on a Land mine. Still trying to replace it. Fanned and Watching. P.S. Is there a Serial number engraved on the inside?
Jun 11th, 2012 at 5:39:24 PM PDT by
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f&w! My uncle fought in vietnam also and was caught up in the agent orange. I wish I had enough credits to win this for him, I know something like this would mean alot to him but....i don't so I wanted to let you know that this is a great auction, thank you for posting it, and Thank you to all the vets and men and women still fighting for our freedom!!!
Jun 11th, 2012 at 10:40:22 PM PDT by
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Nice zippo, F & W!
Jun 13th, 2012 at 2:43:05 AM PDT by
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It's difficult to tell from the pictures ... are there any dots or slashes either side of the word Zippo on the bottom?
Jun 13th, 2012 at 9:42:35 AM PDT by
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btw This is a South Vietnam Army S/F RECON Qualification badge
Jun 13th, 2012 at 10:29:35 AM PDT by
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I wish I had enough credits for the GIN. My grandson who is Army and has done 2 tours in Iraq would love this. for now all I can do i get in the watch and fan line and hope I stand a chance!
Jun 13th, 2012 at 12:25:54 PM PDT by
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It was army corps of engineers lighter watching and fanned u
Jun 14th, 2012 at 5:32:29 AM PDT by
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The insert that is showing is not the original insert for this lighter, the case from the markings is a slim case 1965, but the insert with the rivets shown, is a year 2000 insert ???
Jun 14th, 2012 at 1:26:58 PM PDT by
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Awesome. Saving credits. Hope you list the others you have too so we can have a chance if we don't win this F &W, I believe I am already a fan but I will check.
Jun 14th, 2012 at 5:00:11 PM PDT by
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Great call "Roger46" on the emblem, I knew it had to be a recon badge but I couldn't place who the unit was ... never thought about it being an SVA badge !!! LOL
Jun 14th, 2012 at 6:04:38 PM PDT by
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bubbayesmar, thank you. I saw a number of those badges when I was there. Besides the things that you have mentioned the badge is an add-0n, not placed there by Zippo. You can tell that is true as the badge is wider than the Zippo case. Still not a bad trinket as the badge itself is hard to come by if it is not a reproduction. Most of those badges were destroyed after the US pull-out since to have one could have meant certain death.
Jun 15th, 2012 at 5:04:31 AM PDT by
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nice auction be a watching and bidding
Jun 16th, 2012 at 2:39:12 AM PDT by
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fanned & watching
Jun 16th, 2012 at 7:47:53 AM PDT by

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