1938-42 Zippo with Navy Emblem attached

1938-42 Zippo with Navy Emblem attached

 1942-45 black crackle Zippo with the emblem of the US Navy attached to the front and the inscription "USS Tomahawk Christmas 1944" on the reverse

1942-45 black crackle Zippo with the emblem of the US Navy attached to the front and the inscription "USS Tomahawk Christmas 1944" on the reverse

 1946-47 Zippo for USS Coral Sea, anaircraft carrier launched in 1947

1946-47 Zippo for USS Coral Sea, anaircraft carrier launched in 1947

 1955 Zippo for the USS Coral Sea, celebrating Christmas 1955

1955 Zippo for the USS Coral Sea, celebrating Christmas 1955

 1953 Zippo with a graphic of USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the sixth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the original HMS Boxer, which had been captured from the British during the War of 1812. 

1953 Zippo with a graphic of USS Boxer, an amphibious assault ship of the United States Navy. She is the sixth U.S. Navy ship to bear the name, and was named for the original HMS Boxer, which had been captured from the British during the War of 1812. 

 This is a 1955 T&C Zippo for USS Douglas H. Fox, an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer which was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Douglas H. Fox, the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Barton, who went down with his ship when she was torpedoed and sunk in the naval battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942

This is a 1955 T&C Zippo for USS Douglas H. Fox, an Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer which was named in honor of Lieutenant Commander Douglas H. Fox, the commanding officer of the destroyer USS Barton, who went down with his ship when she was torpedoed and sunk in the naval battle of Guadalcanal on 13 November 1942

 1949-50 Zippo for USS Franklin D Roosevelt.  The reverse is engraved with a catoon looking image of a smiling President Franklin Roosevelt and sailor

1949-50 Zippo for USS Franklin D Roosevelt.  The reverse is engraved with a catoon looking image of a smiling President Franklin Roosevelt and sailor

 1956 Town & Country Zippo for the USS Bowers, a destroyer escort ship

1956 Town & Country Zippo for the USS Bowers, a destroyer escort ship

  1 956 Zippo with the colorful logo of  USS Seadragon, a submarine with a story told  HERE

1956 Zippo with the colorful logo of
USS Seadragon, a submarine with a story told HERE

 1957 Town & Country Zippo for the destroyer USS Murray

1957 Town & Country Zippo for the destroyer USS Murray

 1957 T&C Zippo for the USS Everglades, a destroyer tender used to support, supply and repair vessels for the fleet

1957 T&C Zippo for the USS Everglades, a destroyer tender used to support, supply and repair vessels for the fleet

  1957 Town & Country Zippo for the destroyer USS Shields

1957 Town & Country Zippo for the destroyer USS Shields

 1958 Zippo.  The USS Greenwich Bay was a sea plane tender

1958 Zippo.  The USS Greenwich Bay was a sea plane tender

 USS Donner was a landing ship dock designed to carry and launch amphibious vehicles.  The T&C Zippo is dated 1959

USS Donner was a landing ship dock designed to carry and launch amphibious vehicles.  The T&C Zippo is dated 1959

 USS Lake Champlain was an antisubmarine aircraft carrier.  The T&C Zippo is from 1959

USS Lake Champlain was an antisubmarine aircraft carrier.  The T&C Zippo is from 1959

 1958 Zippo for USS Cape Esperance an escort carrier of the United States Navy. She was launched on 3 March 1944 by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington

1958 Zippo for USS Cape Esperance an escort carrier of the United States Navy. She was launched on 3 March 1944 by Kaiser Co., Inc., Vancouver, Washington

 1959 T&C Zippo for the anti-submarine warfare carrier USS Essex

1959 T&C Zippo for the anti-submarine warfare carrier USS Essex

 This 1960 T&C Zippo depicts USS San Pablo, a sea plane tender

This 1960 T&C Zippo depicts USS San Pablo, a sea plane tender

 The USS Muliphen on this 1960 T&C Zippo was an attack cargo transport

The USS Muliphen on this 1960 T&C Zippo was an attack cargo transport

 This is a 1960 Zippo for the USS Hornet which became a famous astronaut recovery ship

This is a 1960 Zippo for the USS Hornet which became a famous astronaut recovery ship

 USS Cacapon was an oiler. The 1960 T&C ZIppo shows arooster chasing the hen and word play on a politically incorrect expression

USS Cacapon was an oiler. The 1960 T&C ZIppo shows arooster chasing the hen and word play on a politically incorrect expression

 Destroyer USS Sproston engraved on a 1961 T&C slim Zippo

Destroyer USS Sproston engraved on a 1961 T&C slim Zippo

 1960 Zippo with sailor wearing a Dixie Cup hat

1960 Zippo with sailor wearing a Dixie Cup hat

    1962 T&C Zippo for USS Enterprise, the longest, tallest, and mightiest warship to ever sail the seas.  The reverse reads "Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Newport News, VA"

 1962 T&C Zippo for USS Enterprise, the longest, tallest, and mightiest warship to ever sail the seas.  The reverse reads "Built by Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Newport News, VA"

 This is a 1964 Zippo for the USS Caloosahatchee. The reverse reads: "Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp Sparrows Point MD Keel laid 30 Nov 1944 Launched 2 June 1945 Commissioned 10 October 1945"  The oil transport ship was named after a river in Florida

This is a 1964 Zippo for the USS Caloosahatchee. The reverse reads: "Built by Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp Sparrows Point MD Keel laid 30 Nov 1944 Launched 2 June 1945 Commissioned 10 October 1945"  The oil transport ship was named after a river in Florida

 1963 slim T&C Zippo for  destroyer USS Moale

1963 slim T&C Zippo for  destroyer USS Moale

 Interesting hand-painted mermaid design for the USS Reeves on this 1964 T&C Zippo

Interesting hand-painted mermaid design for the USS Reeves on this 1964 T&C Zippo

  Aircraft carrier USS Shangri La on a slim 1964 T&C Zippo

Aircraft carrier USS Shangri La on a slim 1964 T&C Zippo

 This 1964 T&C Zippo has a hand-painted emblem of the United States Naval Reserve, or USNR

This 1964 T&C Zippo has a hand-painted emblem of the United States Naval Reserve, or USNR

 Aircraft carrier USS Shangri La on a 1964 slim T&C Zippo

Aircraft carrier USS Shangri La on a 1964 slim T&C Zippo

 1965 Zippo.  The carrier USS Shangri La was once  commanded by Vice Adm. John S McCain, the father of John McCain, current senator and former Presidential candidate

1965 Zippo.  The carrier USS Shangri La was once  commanded by Vice Adm. John S McCain, the father of John McCain, current senator and former Presidential candidate

 1965 Zippo presented by the US Naval Mission in Colombia. "Presentado por La Mision Naval De Los Estados Unidos en Colombia"

1965 Zippo presented by the US Naval Mission in Colombia. "Presentado por La Mision Naval De Los Estados Unidos en Colombia"

 1965 slim T&C Zippo for USS Galveston (CLG 3) which was a guided missile cruiser in service from 1958 to 1970

1965 slim T&C Zippo for USS Galveston (CLG 3) which was a guided missile cruiser in service from 1958 to 1970

 This USS America 1965 T&C Zippo has an engraved "plank owner" on the reverse. A "plank owner" is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. Plank owner Zippos are highly valued by collectors

This USS America 1965 T&C Zippo has an engraved "plank owner" on the reverse. A "plank owner" is an individual who was a member of the crew of a ship when that ship was placed in commission. Plank owner Zippos are highly valued by collectors

 This is 1965 T&C Zippo for carrier USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31. A Navy tradition is the Shellback initiation that takes place when a sailor crosses the equator for the first time. The ship becomes a pirate ship in the domain of King Neptune

This is 1965 T&C Zippo for carrier USS Bon Homme Richard CVA 31. A Navy tradition is the Shellback initiation that takes place when a sailor crosses the equator for the first time. The ship becomes a pirate ship in the domain of King Neptune

 In 1966 the USS Thomas J Gary participated in Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific expedition to the Antarctic, and this 1966 Zippo commemorates the event. The ship's history is told  HERE

In 1966 the USS Thomas J Gary participated in Operation Deep Freeze, a scientific expedition to the Antarctic, and this 1966 Zippo commemorates the event. The ship's history is told HERE

 USS Sculpin submarineZippo is dated 1965.  A sculpin asgrotesque looking fish

USS Sculpin submarineZippo is dated 1965.  A sculpin asgrotesque looking fish

 1965 Zippo with a Town & Country hand-painted USS F. D. Roosevelt CVA 42 aircraft carrier. The engraved lid reads "From Capt C.C. Talley

1965 Zippo with a Town & Country hand-painted USS F. D. Roosevelt CVA 42 aircraft carrier. The engraved lid reads "From Capt C.C. Talley

 1966 slim T&C Zippo for the destroyer USS Purdy and the Purdy Pirates

1966 slim T&C Zippo for the destroyer USS Purdy and the Purdy Pirates

 The USS Fulton was a submarine tender.  The T&C Zippo is dated 1966

The USS Fulton was a submarine tender.  The T&C Zippo is dated 1966

 1966 T&C Zippo for USS Forrestal, a supercarrier named after the first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal

1966 T&C Zippo for USS Forrestal, a supercarrier named after the first Secretary of Defense James Forrestal

 1967 T&C Zippo for the carrier USS Franklin Roosevelt with attached badge Commander Carrier Division Six.  On the reverse, the name Mr. J.E. Bent on the lid.  Presented by R. Adm. V.G. Lambert USN ComCarDiv Six, 2 May 1968

1967 T&C Zippo for the carrier USS Franklin Roosevelt with attached badge Commander Carrier Division Six.  On the reverse, the name Mr. J.E. Bent on the lid.  Presented by R. Adm. V.G. Lambert USN ComCarDiv Six, 2 May 1968

 1967 slim T&C Zippo for Commander Carrier Division Four,  presentation lighter by Rear Admiral G.C. Talley Jr. CTF-60

1967 slim T&C Zippo for Commander Carrier Division Four,  presentation lighter by Rear Admiral G.C. Talley Jr. CTF-60

 1967 Zippo for the US Naval School for Underwater Swimmers in Key West, Florida

1967 Zippo for the US Naval School for Underwater Swimmers in Key West, Florida

 1967 T&C Zippo for USNS Mercury (T-AGM-21), an Apollo Instrumentation Ship/ . It performed tracking, telemetry and communication functions for Apollo lunar missions

1967 T&C Zippo for USNS Mercury (T-AGM-21), an Apollo Instrumentation Ship/ . It performed tracking, telemetry and communication functions for Apollo lunar missions

 1969 T&C Zippo for USS Pargo, a nuclear attack submarine

1969 T&C Zippo for USS Pargo, a nuclear attack submarine

 1975 Zippo commemorating the frigate USS Harold E Holt's involvement in the rescue of SS Mayaguez and its crew. During the recapture of the container ship  USS Harold E Holt  conducted the first hostile ship-to-ship boarding by the U.S. Navy since 1826.

1975 Zippo commemorating the frigate USS Harold E Holt's involvement in the rescue of SS Mayaguez and its crew. During the recapture of the container ship USS Harold E Holt conducted the first hostile ship-to-ship boarding by the U.S. Navy since 1826.

 1978 slim Zippo for USS John F. Kennedy with the ship's emblem on the reverse

1978 slim Zippo for USS John F. Kennedy with the ship's emblem on the reverse

 1966 slim T&C Zippo forUSS F.D. Roosevelt

1966 slim T&C Zippo forUSS F.D. Roosevelt

 1966 T&C Zippo for the heavy cruiser USS Newport News "stolen from Steve Rowan".  In 1972, while in action in Vietnam, shesustained an in-bore explosion killing 20 and injuring 36 men

1966 T&C Zippo for the heavy cruiser USS Newport News "stolen from Steve Rowan".  In 1972, while in action in Vietnam, shesustained an in-bore explosion killing 20 and injuring 36 men

 1975 Town & Country Zippo for Naval Communication Station at Diego Garcia, a British Indian Ocean. The US facilities on the island the strategic anchor for the U.S. defense presence in South Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific Region

1975 Town & Country Zippo for Naval Communication Station at Diego Garcia, a British Indian Ocean. The US facilities on the island the strategic anchor for the U.S. defense presence in South Asia, the Middle East, and the Pacific Region

 1973 Zippo with the emblem of the USS Naval Facility in Eleuthera Bahamas. The creation of the base dates back to 1950 when Western Electric was selected to build a demonstration SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) for tracking Soviet submarines in the Atlantic.  The base was officially decommissioned on March 31, 1980 after the United States government was unable to secure favorable lease renewal terms fro the Bahamian government for the land on which the base is located.  The facilities and equipment left behind largely went to waste, rusting silently away as the years went by.

1973 Zippo with the emblem of the USS Naval Facility in Eleuthera Bahamas. The creation of the base dates back to 1950 when Western Electric was selected to build a demonstration SOSUS (Sound Surveillance System) for tracking Soviet submarines in the Atlantic.  The base was officially decommissioned on March 31, 1980 after the United States government was unable to secure favorable lease renewal terms fro the Bahamian government for the land on which the base is located.  The facilities and equipment left behind largely went to waste, rusting silently away as the years went by.

 This slim 1977 Zippo is for the USS Trenton

This slim 1977 Zippo is for the USS Trenton

 1986 slim Zippo for USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered supercarrier of the United States Navy

1986 slim Zippo for USS Nimitz, a nuclear-powered supercarrier of the United States Navy

 1985 Zippo for USS Seattle, a Sacramento class fast combat ship

1985 Zippo for USS Seattle, a Sacramento class fast combat ship

 1997 Zippo for USS The Sullivans, named after the five Sullivan brothers killed on one ship during World War II

1997 Zippo for USS The Sullivans, named after the five Sullivan brothers killed on one ship during World War II