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Date: 05/18/13 03:20 PM

19 Responses to 9 Pics Of Zippo Lighters From The Vietnam War

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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    Link: 9 Pics Of Zippo Lighters From The Vietnam War - Bought on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City by artist Bradford Edwards.
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    Geogypsy Female 18-29
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    May 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm
    Wow, gave me chills and in some cases caused me to roll my eyes. (Yeah, I`m talking to you, Gene.)
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 5:09 pm
    @ Geogypsy: Glad you liked it. I had a mental pause myself when it occurred to me that since these lighters turned up in Ho Chi Minh City, their original owners almost certainly didn`t make it back to the U.S. alive.

    In anticipation of some who will cry "They`re fakes!": In the course of assembling a collection of some 300 Vietnam-era Zippos, Edwards estimates he`s examined about 100,000 lighters over the course of 15 years. I think we can trust he`s gotten pretty good at telling the real ones from the fakes.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 6:53 pm
    I was drafted in 72. Went awol before they could ship my butt to the killing fields. Lived underground until the Carter amnesty (76). Had to retake the physical in Fresno. Got good and wasted first. Called into the Commandant`s office, he fixed me with steely blues and said, "You don`t want us, we doooon`t want you".
    I was then morally disqualified (classification) from having to kill people.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:03 pm
    I was drafted in 72. Went awol before they could ship my butt to the killing fields. Lived underground until the Carter amnesty (76). Had to retake the physical in Fresno. Got good and wasted first. Called into the Commandant`s office, he fixed me with steely blues and said, "You don`t want us, we doooon`t want you".
    I was then morally disqualified (classification) from having to kill people.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:08 pm
    Wow, Handimanner. That`s quite the story. One of my earliest childhood memories is when a neighbor`s son, must`ve been 19 or 20 at the time, came over to our house almost in tears of joy. He`d just been granted a disqualification on the basis of some major dental issues he was dealing with (root canals, I think: I was too young to understand the details at the time).
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:23 pm
    War did it`s best to destroy all of us (it always does). We traded cassettes back and forth to friends in the firebases, it wasn`t "Platoon", it was sitting in a hole getting your butt pummeled. For what? The French wanted their territory back after ww2, the Vietnamese wanted their country back, the French whined to the UN, the UN couldn`t stop it so we got the hot potato. Real stupid stuff, war.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:29 pm
    50,000 dead. For what? (heavy sigh) The best and the brightest, the ones without political connections, guys who were sold it was their duty. Or just schmucks like me trying to survive.
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    carmium Female 50-59
    6381 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:33 pm
    A fellow employee of mine was draft dodger back then. He had learned all about hearing testing in an earlier job, and before his draft exam, he spent the weekend "drinking Scotch and eating salt pork." On Monday, his blood pressure was thru the roof and he had suddenly developed a hearing loss in one ear, good enough for a rejection. He was afraid of a retest, and with his father`s blessing, he headed for Vancouver.
    His dad was a US Army general, and even he didn`t want his son in Vietnam.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm
    This post does take me back and thanks for the purge (wiping a tear). Revolt against that system was huge and sometimes an embarrassment (when protestors would spit on returning soldiers), the goal was to return this country to being strong within, to eliminate the paranoia and foreign intrigue. Worked up until Bush, the little bastard that sat home and did coke (oops, I may have done some too), but I`ve never declared war on a sovereign country.
    Ah well, rambling now, one of these days humans will change (or won`t).
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 7:54 pm
    There were only two FBI guys in the area and they wore wingtips and drove a car without hubcaps. They`d get wind of where I might be staying and send a letter threatening mean and nasty incarceration. So, I had to quit where I was working and move about every 4 months or so. Did that for 4 years. Probably woulda ate better in jail.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 9:58 pm
    The worst night was also the best night. The goons were closing in and I had an oz of mexican mushrooms, veil dancers flowed across the sky, smoking weed like it was cigarettes, something to do with your mouth while rearranging the houses on the street and hills in the background. Bad mail, mushrooms and moving again.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 10:00 pm
    But f*ck that. My friends were dying and I was wasted.
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 10:01 pm
    Ya come down from wasted (eventually). Death is forever!
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    handimanner Male 60-69
    2095 posts
    May 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm
    War is death, nothing more, nothing proved, all is in flux, there will always be ying to yang. Deal with it.
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    Squrlz4Sale Male 40-49
    6230 posts
    May 19, 2013 at 7:37 am
    =O.O=
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
    3441 posts
    May 19, 2013 at 10:38 pm
    "Let the people know my wisdom, fill the land with smoke..."

    "Once a Marine, always a Marine!"

    "Once a sailor`s enough!"
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    tommy2X4 Male 50-59
    3441 posts
    May 19, 2013 at 10:40 pm
    I was spit on.
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    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
    14273 posts
    May 20, 2013 at 11:09 am
    I was spit on.

    Know a guy that went over there and almost cries when ever he goes into his kind reception when he returned. There`s your happy, peaceful, loving hippies no wonder they died out so fast....

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