Rare - USS Vesuvius AE-15 Zippo Navy Military Vietnam

USS Vesuvius AE-15 Zippo Made in 1972
Engraved "Biggy Rat" on the back
Town and Country Image on Zippo
Shipping in USA $5.00 outside USA $7.50
My ship actually took on ammo from the USS Vesuvius AE-15 while off the
coast of Vietnam during October / November 1967
The fourth USS Vesuvius (AE-15) was laid down under a Maritime Commission contract (MC hull 1381) by the
North Carolina Shipbuilding Company, Wilmington, N.C.; launched on 26 May 1944; acquired by the United States Navy on
4 July 1944; and commissioned on 16 January 1945, Comdr. Flavius J. George in command.
The ship underwent builder's trials out of Brooklyn, N.Y., and then began shakedown out of Hampton Roads, Va., in the Chesapeake
Bay. On 17 February, she sailed to Earle, N.J., to onload ammunition. She then headed for the island of Ulithi, via the Panama Canal,
on 5 March. She reached her destination on 5 April and promptly unloaded and took on more cargo. Vesuvius departed for Okinawa
on 10 April w she became part of Service Squadron 6. In this role, she replenished ammunition to the Fleet in the waters around
Okinawa. In July 1945, Vesuvius joined a rearming group off Honshu, Japan, to support raids on Japan by the 3d Fleet. She detached
on 2 August and set sail for Leyte Gulf, Philippines.
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