The Engravings On These Lighters From The Vietnam War Will Hit You Hard

The Zippo lighter was a requirement for American soldiers, airmen, and sailors during the Vietnam War. Used to light cigarettes, ignite small stoves to warm food, or burn Viet-Cong villages (a practice so common it became known as a “Zippo Raid”), the lighter is now a symbol of the era’s American servicemen.

A gallery recently posted to Imgur shows a collection of dozens of the lighters. Each memento give us an incredible look into the life and mind of the man who sparked it all those years ago. Some wrote heartfelt professions of love for a woman back home. Some wrote vulgarity-laced mantras for combat. Some wrote simple existentialist statements on what seemed — and ultimately proved to be — a hopeless and dire situation.

Soldiers Engraved Lighters from Vietnam

My personal favorite: “Bury me face down so the whole world can kiss my ass.” Also, Butch 100 percent lived up to the badassery of his name.

Image via Shutterstock

  1. Deadlift27

    “Though I walk through the valley of death I fear no evil for I am the evilest son of a bitch in the valley”

    8 years ago at 12:57 pm
  2. Sigma Alpha Hairsalon

    “Girl if you want to fuck smile when you hand this lighter back”

    8 years ago at 1:18 pm
  3. Snake300

    Does Beverly Dennington have insta or FB? Need some proof that she’s the hottest.

    8 years ago at 2:30 pm
  4. FratCena

    Those men gave their lives so that dirty hippies could continue to have the right to be dumbasses.

    8 years ago at 4:10 pm
  5. Drunken haze

    Honestly beautiful. You have done something right TFM. God bless anyone who has served for this country, and thank you.

    8 years ago at 5:29 pm
  6. Millard Fillmore

    This could easily have been any of us if we were just born in a different time. Just one of thousands of things to be thankful for every day. God Bless America and her troops.

    8 years ago at 6:29 pm