WESTOVER, W.Va. (AP) — A Vietnam War veteran has his lighter back after losing it almost 50 years ago.
Mark Anthony Krofek tells The Dominion Post that he lost the lighter in 1967 while serving as an Army infantryman in the war.
The Purple Heart recipient had “When I die I will go to heaven cause I spent my time in hell” engraved on the back of it, along with the years he was in Vietnam. His name and unit information is on the front.
The lighter became part of a collection of Zippo lighters owned by a man in Texas. The man’s daughter-in-law found Krofek through Facebook and asked if he wanted the lighter back.
Krofek received it in the mail. He plans to give it to his grandson someday.
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