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In World War II, the Zippo was the soldier’s friend, providing dependability for fire whether lighting a cigarette or explosives.
During the Vietnam War, the Zippo served the same utilitarian purpose, but was often personalized for soldiers by local street vendors in villages. GI’s could choose from any number of preset graphics and words, or they could design or write their own.
I remember we thought we were pretty cool when we got Ray an engraved Zippo as a wedding gift that said "+1 to all saves." That, uh, kind of pales next to these. Well, maybe Ray will still go to war and it will end up looking a lot more for-reals.