A Photographer Recreated Vietnam War Zippo Engravings On Mobile Phones

A powerful lesson for the present from the past.

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2. "As the soldiers were initially forbidden from modifying the exterior of their uniform they would engrave their lighters to express their feelings and sentiments."

3. "Looking at the original lighters it seemed nothing had really changed from what I was hearing was the current feelings of soldiers fighting in the modern day wars."

4. "I decided to recreate these Vietnam Zippos with the same sayings, (subbing Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan), but updating the Zippos to phones."

5. "I spoke with my buddy who served in the Laghman Province in Afghanistan. He told me it was as if they were in the worst place on earth."

11. "My friend requested I do one final phone with what had become the new slogan of the army: ‘hearts and minds.’ The reality couldn’t be further from this, he told me…"