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July 13, 2004

Vietnam Zippo Etching

Traveling back to D.C. from Michigan last weekend we heard a story on NPR about a new musical interpretation of the phrases and sayings U.S. soldiers etched onto their Zippo lighters while in Vietnam. I didn't care much for the music, but the sayings were pretty incredible. My favorite is featured on the NPR page about the story:

We are the unwilling, Led by the unqualified, Doing the unnecessary, For the ungrateful.

I wonder how many U.S. soldiers in Iraq feel that way.

For more on the Vietnam Zippos, check out The Vietnam Zippo, a which I think was mentined in the NPR story.

Posted July 13, 2004 06:06 AM | general politics

Very interesting! My dad has a Vietnam Zippo. As far as I know it just has a map of Vietnam on it, no sayings. (But he was an officer, so...)

Posted by: falconred at July 14, 2004 12:31 AM

You might have listened to the story already, but your dad's lighter could be valuable. Some of them sell for several hundred dollars. If he's a vet or is interested in such things, I bet that book would be a great gift next Father's Day or whatever...

Posted by: ambimb at July 14, 2004 06:31 AM

yeah, i agree about the music they played in the story. it was crap.

Posted by: monica at July 14, 2004 04:03 PM

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