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Did he get buried upside down?
Nah, he lived a long life and we cremated him (per his post-war wishes) haha.
I guess the world can kiss his ash now
Hah! I like it
Advice: Don’t kiss the Blarney Stone; Locals sneak in and piss on it all the time.
Edit: I’ve heard from multiple sources it’s local kids. No, I highly doubt the local elderly climb the scaffolding and empty their bladder on the rock.
Honestly mate there's piss on just about everything in Great Britain.
Sheesh thank god I decided not to kiss it.. And it wasn't because of the piss.. It just looks wildly unsafe and I wasn't going to let that random guy save my life
I've always wondered if anyone has ever caught something viral (colds - Flu - cold sores - etc.) from kissing that stone.
Ashta la vista
Enjoy that silver. You’ve urned it.
No need to read other comments.
Oh he amended his final wishes with additional Zippo instructions?
turns out zippos are not binding agreements
Isn't that Mean Genes qoute? Or is that just a cool qoute cool dudes say?
Your dad was a badass BTW. Those guys went through Hell and kept a good sense of humor while enduring it.
Thanks for the smile!
Dad: "Some men just want to see the world burn"
OP: "But daddy, you're my world"
Dad: "Then you know what to do"
My dad always had this same request. He wanted to be cremated later on as well.
Asking the right questions.
He carried this lighter with him in Vietnam. He passed back in 2011, and I found this when going through some of his old stuff. Miss him everyday. Currently in the process of restoring the hinge, already replaced the flint, wick, and packing so it lights now :)
I know Zippo has a lifetime guarantee and does repairs for free, might want to contact them.
Careful with that. I’ve heard cases of them just sending you back a new one.
You can include a note that says what needs repairing etc. I've visited the place/factory where Zippos are made and repaired. There's a group of nice old women repairing lighters and you can see them working
Absolutely right. I tested this as a young kid 25 years ago. I took a hammer to my Zippo and sent it back to them with a note that my cousin broke it but I loved it so if they could restore it. It came back with battlescars but it was the same, still have it and a guilty conscience.
you can forgive yourself for thinking of it
Then you left and they hustled the Taiwanese ladies back out
Lol, in Bradford ,Pa. I dont think ive seen an asian person there.
Nobody goes to Bradford.
Very much this, however, the owner can state in a letter when sending it that "THIS" zippo is to be repaired not replaced as it has sentimental value. I would still be very nervous until I got mine back though.
i have never not gotten the original zippo back. also u can take it out the case and just send the insert in
Sorry, I meant the hinge that connects the top and bottom of the case.
Contact Zippo directly. They have incredible customer service. They will fix that lighter for you and probably send one you would actually use.
You might be able to find a local jeweler or watch repair to do it if you are worried about sending it away.
I have no info on military pieces, just anecdotal comments about non-historic items.
leatherman would ask you if you want a new one or if the current one is sentimental to you.
If it's a newer one, and destroyed yes. Older ones though, they do repair.
My husband bought one in Afghanistan that was ingraved. It broke and he sent it into zippo. They sent back an email that it was a fake zippo product but because it was sentimental they would fix it anyway. It was so sweet of them. 🥰
I'll have to check this out! I really wanted to keep it as original as possible, so I wonder if they can fix it without having to replace the whole hood.
Ok but, I mean, the guy did die
Depending on his MOS dont forget to wrap it in a rubber band when you carry it to really go for authentic.
Sorry for your loss. My dad passed in 2008 but was the same generation, probably. He didn't go to 'nam, but was in the national guard here and Indiana State Police during that time. Miss him like hell; let's hope our dads are fucking shit up together wherever they are.
Hell yeah man! Thanks!
The quote on the lighter on the right is featured on Charlie sheens helmet in “Platoon” (Vietnam war movie). Those are cool pieces of history.
Hopefully one day I'll be able to pass it down to my kid, and tell stories about my dad :)
Get your kid on the fags as early as you can then, never too early to start smoking.
No, I'm not being serious.
I've seen a lot of 'nam vets with this quote on their lighters and other things. It was the sentiment at the time, I don't think most wanted to fight in that war let alone any war.
It's something Redd Foreman said too.
there's actually a whole thing of vietnam soldiers putting customized quotes on the lighters with that kind of 'attitude' to them. I remember there was reddit post that had a link to a whole bunch of ones just like your dads. pretty cool stuff!
Vietnam soldier zippo lighters can be very interesting.
"Girl, if you wanna fuck smile when you hand the lighter back."
Hah! I like this one.
My favorite I've seen says "If you're recovering my body FUCK YOU!"
Gene the love machine
I bought one that said that off eBay. I always liked giving it out at bars
"Let me win your heart and mind or I'll burn your god damn hut down." Describes that war perfectly.
Some of those are really good. "We the unwilling, trained by the unskilled, to do the impossible, for the ungrateful, ten minutes too late."
Yup oldie but goldie.
Thank you for sharing this! So interesting!
"Your never behind when your ahead"
Grammatical errors have no prejudice.
Good thing it wasn't ww2 or the grammar nazi's would have gotten him
Reading through those are pretty interesting
Fuck, the “Why me” one with the peace sign. I hope the draft never has to be used again. That tore families apart.
Lighters was Vietnam War's laptop stickers
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power only then will there be a chance for true peace”
We’re still a ways off.
Fuck communism one gets me.
But I don't get why someone'd hate De Gaulle.
Whoever has walked with truth generates life.
In '66 DeGaulle withdrew partially from NATO (specifically their military command) over the Vietnam war.
It's not the first because this is clearly an anti-anti-war lighter propaganda message, or the second because it's about contemporary events/figures.
Whoever has walked with truth generates life.
It's definitely a pro-war, or anti-anti-war message. Every person listed is an anti war figure.
De Gaulle was not relevant during the 45-54 period, and was not active in French politics, his stance on French Indochina then was irrelevant, all that matters is that in '68 he was an anti-war figure.
Without his involvement, we nver would have entered Vietnam.
Theres many books about it.
Little known fact that america offered using a nuclear weapon to assist the french in indochina, but France declined the offer.
The united states basically took over the French presence.
"You Can Surf Later" lol
Dam! is there a story behind this? Was there some USO organization giving away zippos to the enlisted or something?
They were common before disposable lighters came out, and more convenient and durable than matches, and it was normal to get them engraved. Kinda like how people but stickers and shit all over their phones.
EAT PUSSY FUCK
Why is Vietnam written "Viet nam"?
In vietnamese, we write it exactly "Việt Nam" but idk why foreigners always write it vietnam with no "_" But it also means vietnam, so dont care about that space @@
You should get a tattoo of the little hot stuff devil.
Haha, is this where I put the "20k upvotes and I get this tattooed"?
I mean I’ve got a little hot stuff and it means way less to me than it would you. I just got one cause they look cool.
Hey man, that was the thought behind my first tattoo. Sometime's you just want something cool on you.
I’ve also got a hot stuff they’re great. I also tattoo for a living and it’s one of my favorite old tattoo designs.
"If i die" so we're not even sure if this man will ever die
If I die [in the war] ....
"Mean" Gene Okerlund who just passed away last week, said the same quote at the end of his WWE Hall Of Fame speech.
My grandpa had a really great hot stuff tattoo from almost as soon as he got back from Vietnam
I don’t remember what it’s called but I stumbled across a book at the library that was an entire collection of Vietnam Zippos like this. So interesting!
Edit: A quick search tells me it’s literally just called “Vietnam Zippos” lol
That is so cool. One of the ways they could express themselves, carrying around engraved zippos.
Eric, is that you?
Reminds me of my dad's Zippo I lost in Japan somewhere.. if anyone in Japan found a Zippo etched "Squatty Body", I'm game to pay for the return trip :)
Man.. what a story it would make if you were able to get the word out and actually get this back. I carry this lighter on me, and would hate to lose it. I hope one day it's returned to you!
Thanks! I realize I may have looked like I was trying to one-up, when in reality it was just a "Man, I really wish that I had that lighter, still".
Hang onto that piece of history!
This is badass!
This is the most badass thing ive seen in awhile
I love engraved Vietnam zippos. Some guys put some crazy stuff on them. I saw one that said “when I kill someone all I feel is the recoil of my rifle.” I engraved zippos when I was in the military.
There’s are websites where you can tell when your zippo was made. There are markings on the bottom. I did this when my dad gave me his Vietnam Zippo.
If I die
Any chance you could take a picture of the devil at a different angle?
It looks... off. I do a lot of engravings for friends, as a hobbyist. I don't want to imply a shop, but it looks like it's super-imposed over an old lighter. Good faith, any chance you could just take a quick snap of it at a different angle?
This is more than mild :)
These are sold as souvenirs to tourists in Vietnam. The chances it is genuine is extremely small, I have several
Looking into ways to get it authenticated. I don’t know why my dad would visit Vietnam as a tourist, or buy a souvenir like this, but it’d be cool to have it confirmed.
Keep that forever.
Vietnam vets are a unique breed. I interviewed a gentleman who served at various fire bases as an artillery officer. He said that a lot of guys carried a one year calendar so they could keep track of their tour. If you had less than 100 days left they would call you a "two digit midget." Talking to veterans makes me proud to be an American. Bless you and your father!
That’s awesome, thank you for sharing!
Thanks for showing. It's hard for most people alive today to comprehend living through a situation where death was a seeming certainty.
Is your dad Red Forman, OP?
Definitely alike! Loved the hell out of him though.
If you are interested I have a buddy who collects Nam zippos, I bet he would pay a pretty penny for this $2500+
Wow! I had no idea they would go for that much. Gonna keep this one forever though and hope my future kid doesn't pawn it.
Sorry dad I pawned it
Also, Time Travel gets invented like 5 days after you die. Also, everyone has multiple Reddit accounts in the future.
No worries man! If you had pics of him and maybe some letters it can go even higher but yea it’s a very collectible item
Reminds me of that photo that circulates every once and awhile with the Vietnam war zippos
Have his burial instructions changed over time? If an open casket funeral was in mind it would make for great merrymaking to shake things up. I’m going to discuss this with my wife.
How would the world be kissing it when it's exposed? It'll be kissing your face
Did a man looking like Christopher Walken in army clothing come and visit you as a kid? And tell you where he hid this lighter?
I just found my senior quote
My dad's Groucho. We must be cousins!
i want that zippo so bad you have no idea
“If I die”
I like the confidence on this guy.
Mine said ( I smoke I joke and I eat pussy but it’s no lie, Ho Che Min was a motherfucker!)
That’s so cool!!!
it looks near perfect for someone to have carried it with them in vietnam - and these are commonly faked. another red flag is the strange grammar. typically it's "when i die bury..." and its weird to see the first letters capitalized like that (except in "world" for whatever reason).
check the pattern at the bottom to see which year it was made in
Can't wait to see this Zippo again next month
My great-grammy wanted to get a similar saying tattooed on her backside next to the four leaf clover she already had 🍀
I bet they would've gotten along rather well! 😆
I have always wanted to possess a genuine Vietnam war Zippo. There's such a big market in fakes I've never purchased one.
That's so awesome. Be sure to pass it to your children!
Mean gene said that in his HOF speech
When I die just throw me into the trayash
If Zippo engravings were the tweets of our generation.
How does a 1986 film quote get on a lighter from 1967-68?
The first time I’ve ever heard that quote was from the TV show that 70s show
This is too badass!
The definition of a badass.
My dad's Vietnam Zippo reads:
"Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for I am the evilest son of a bitch in the valley."