Original Vietnam War Zippo Style Lighter of the Submarine U.S.S Sargo (SSN-583) with Original Box

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Original Item: Lighters could be customized with regimental cyphers and engravings, and were purchased by GIs returning home as a memento of their military service in the specific theatre of operation.

Offered in fully functional condition, this is an original vintage Zippo style windproof light made by Penguin of Japan. It was the property of a sailor on the Submarine U.S.S Sargo.

USS Sargo (SSN-583), a Skate-class nuclear-powered submarine, was the second ship of the United States Navy to be named for the sargo, a food and game fish of the porgy family, inhabiting coastal waters of the southern United States.

The contract to build her was awarded to Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, California, on 29 September 1955 and her keel was laid down on 21 February 1956. She was launched on 10 October 1957, sponsored by Mrs. Frank T. Watkins (wife of Rear Admiral Frank T. Watkins), and commissioned on 1 October 1958 with Commander Daniel P. Brooks in command.

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