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10 minutes ago, Cobra 6 Actual said:

Yes, Yokota57, two beauties. And as jmd62 noted, it’s always nice to see a CIB on a lighter! Here’s a set I just picked up:

 

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The maker is Penguin of Japan.

Ichi-Ban! Nice "His/Hers" set! Well done C6A!

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40 minutes ago, Cobra 6 Actual said:

A WWII/Immediate Post-war Occupation Duty table lighter:

 

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No maker name, just inscribed “Germany, 1945/46”.

Ichi-Ban !!! 

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US Army / 77th US Army Security Agency Special Operations Unit (COMINT/ELINT). Offenbach Kaserne, W. Germany 1961-1964. (*usarmygermany.com indicates that these lighters were presented by the CO in '63-'64). Japanese-made "Vulcan".

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It is a slow Sunday afternoon for me so I thought I would share lighter.  I've spent years in Iraq and Afghanistan as a contractor.  Only one unit I ever worked with gave out engraved lighters when leaving.

 

I was given this when I left the unit in Feb 2017.  I checked the date code on the Zippo.  It was made Jan 2016.  I find it interesting that just over a year later it found its way to me. It was engraved on the base in Afghanistan.  I have never used it and it remains in my display case. cheers!

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Cobra 6 Actual

Very cool, Dan. Surprisingly, there are not that many Iraq or Afghanistan lighters out there “in the wild”. Given both the length of time that we had people fighting in those countries and the thousands of personnel that completed tours of duty, I would have expected the number of lighters to be much higher. I guess, though, that a countervailing reason is that smoking has diminished greatly in the military. 
 

Hey, thanks for posting!

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6 hours ago, danimal03 said:

It is a slow Sunday afternoon for me so I thought I would share lighter.  I've spent years in Iraq and Afghanistan as a contractor.  Only one unit I ever worked with gave out engraved lighters when leaving.

 

I was given this when I left the unit in Feb 2017.  I checked the date code on the Zippo.  It was made Jan 2016.  I find it interesting that just over a year later it found its way to me. It was engraved on the base in Afghanistan.  I have never used it and it remains in my display case. cheers!

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Ichi-Ban !!!

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Two new lighters I found recently.

 

First one is a Wellington Junior USO for Killeen Texas.

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Second on is a Konwal Super lighter for the 11th Mobile Construction Battalion engraved for there time in Dong Ha.

 

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3rd Infantry “The Old Guard” (3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment), “Noli me tangere” | 2nd Battle Group (2nd Battalion). Korean war as should follow from the map. Japanese-made Rafu. Any ideas about a more precise dating?

 

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3RD U.S. INFANTRY REGIMENT (THE OLD GUARD)

Before 2001, the 2d Battalion had been active July 1957-July 1963 (as 2nd Battle Group) and June 1966-October 1970. Those time frames saw the battalion deployed to South Korea and Vietnam, respectively.

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35 minutes ago, AlexeiK said:

3rd Infantry “The Old Guard” (3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment), “Noli me tangere” | 2nd Battle Group (2nd Battalion). Korean war as should follow from the map. Japanese-made Rafu. Any ideas about a more precise dating?

 

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Ichi-Ban !!! Thanks for posting it.

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On 11/25/2023 at 2:57 PM, yokota57 said:

US Army / 347th Transportation Company (LARC-V). Ft. Story, VA. (*Deployed to Cam Ranh Bay, RVN Jun 1965). Kalamazoo, MI-made, aluminum "Bowers Sure Fire". 

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Ran across this image of one of their Vietnam patches.

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