Zippo Classic Windproof Lighter

Morley Safer, in his August 5, 1965 CBS News report of the Cam Ne affair[22] and Private First Class Reginald “Malik” Edwards, the rifleman 9th Regiment, US Marine Corps Danang (June 1965 – March 1966) whose profile comprises chapter one of Wallace Terry‘s book, Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans (1984), describe the use of Zippo lighters in search and destroy missions during the Vietnam War. Edwards stated: “when you say level a village, you don’t use torches. It’s not like in the 1800s. You used a Zippo. Now you would use a Bic. That’s just the way we did it. You went in there with your Zippos. Everybody. That’s why people bought Zippos. Everybody had a Zippo. It was for burnin’ shit down.”[23][24]

“Zippo squad” became a phrase of American military jargon for being assigned to burn a village.[25] The M132 Armored Flamethrower was referred to as a “Zippo”.

Zippo Classic Windproof Lighter / $23:

After watching a friend try to operate an Austrian-made chimney lighter, George G. Blaisdell decided to create one of his own, borrowing the windproof chimney design but enclosing it in a small rectangular case with a hinged lid. Thus, in 1933, the Zippo was born.