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"
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