Zippo cigarette lighter : 8 Field Ambulance, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps

Accession Number REL/15046
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Personal Equipment
Physical description Chrome-plated brass, Cotton wadding
Maker Zippo Manufacturing Company
Place made United States of America: Pennsylvania, McKean County, Bradford
Date made 1967
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

Zippo brand chrome-plated brass flip-top cigarette lighter. Obverse features an enamel badge with the Rod of Asclepius, the symbol of the Medical Corps, on a red disc, surrounded by 'VIETNAM 67-68 8TH FIELD AMBULANCE' on a yellow ring. A religious medallion showiing the Virgin Mary standing on a globe superimposed over a parachute surrounded by 'OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS DEFEND US IN COMBAT' is affixed to the reverse.

History / Summary

Related to the service of an unidentified member of 8 Field Ambulance, Royal Australian Army Medical Corps.

8 Field Ambulance deployed to Vietnam in March 1967. Based at 8 Field Hospital at Vung Tau, the unit also had a forward detachment within 1 Australian Task Force (1 ATF) at Nui Dat. With the transfer of 8 Field Hospital to 1 Australian Hospital in April 1968, 8 Field Ambulance were then moved to 1 ATF at Nui Dat.

8 Field Ambulance remained in Vietnam until March 1972.