Vietnam War - U.S.S. Iredell County LST-839 Slim Zippo Lighter

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A genuine 1967 dated slim Zippo lighter once owned by a crewman on the U.S.S. Iredell County (LST-839), the lighter has engraved on the front an image of the ship and the text 'U.S.S. Iredell County LST-839. It features the manufacturers machine stamped base that shows the correct period Zippo logo and date markings along with the trademark logo, on the base of the lighter either side of the Zippo logo are four vertical lines and on the other side three vertical lines, this indicates the Zippo lighter was made in 1967. The lighter mechanism also features machine stamped Zippo markings and fits nicely in the case and appears to be in working order.

USS Iredell County (LST-839) was an LST-542-class tank landing ship built for the United States Navy during World War II. During the Vietnam War in the Iredell County departed for Da Nang, Vietnam, arriving on 21 October. She shuttled petroleum, building materials, rations, troops, and equipment between Da Nang and Chu Lai 65 miles to the south. She also shuttled cargo from Danang to Cửa Việt Base for most of 1967. In 1968, after an overhaul on Guam and refresher training in Yokosuka, Japan, she sailed for the Vietnam rivers. She carried ammunition and other cargo to the base at Binh Thuy (about 50 mi. from the sea on the Bassac River) and others farther upstream until March 1969 when she returned to Guam for a month. In April 1969, she once again returned to Da Nang, via Subic Bay in the Philippines, and continued shuttling materials to Cửa Việt Base, Tan My, and Chu Lai. In the summer of 1969 she took the first of President Nixon's 25,000 marines and their equipment from Vietnam to Okinawa. Iredell County transported more than 7,360 tons of cargo and made 12 landings.

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