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Collection Ray W. Stubbe
WVM ID Number V2006.12.91.1-2a,b
Object Name Lighter
Title Lighter, Zippo, U.S.S. Shreveport
Date 1960-1974
Event Vietnam War
Description Lighter, zippo and box with user instructions. 1.-Zippo, stainless steel, flip lid, front, stamped image, black, red, blue, of ship, text, "U.S.S. SHREVEPORT/ LPD-12". Back of lighter, text, stamped, blue, yellow, "KEEL LAID 27 DEC 1965/ LAUNCHED: 22 OCT 1966/ COMMISSIONED/ 12 DECEMBER 1970/ BUILT BY/ LOCKHEED SHIPBUILDING/ SEATTLE, WASHINGTON/ PLANKOWNER", image, two anchors. 2A.-Box, lid, paper, white, image and text, black, yellow, red, image of lighter and flame, "ZIPPO/ LIGHTER". 2B.-Box bottom, yellow, on outside bottom, text, handwritten, red, "SHREVEPORT/ COMMISSIONING/ LIGHTER", on inside of box, insert to hold lighter in place, paper, black, text white, "ZIPPO LIGHTER/ IT WORKS.../ OR WE FIX IT FREE", bottom of box on inside, white, text, black, "FOR BEST RESULTS/ ALWAYS USE/ ZIPPO/ FLINTS AND/ ZIPPO FUEL, PLACE SPARE FLINTS UNDER FELT IN END", image of lighter, also in box is paper with guarantee information.
History Stubbe, a native of Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, served as a Navy chaplain with the 9th Amphibious Brigade, 26th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division during the Vietnam War. He later founded the Khe Sanh Veterans Association, becoming the preeminent researcher and documenter of those who served at Khe Sanh.
Maker Zippo
Place of Origin United States
Material stainless steel
Biographical Record Stubbe, Ray W.
Khe Sanh