Zippo cigarette lighter : Sister C Jorgensen, Civilian Nurse, Australian Surgical Teams, Vietnam

Place Asia: Vietnam, Bien Hoa Province, Bien Hoa
Accession Number REL38353
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. 'CARMEL JORGENSEN' is engraved on the front. A Map of Vietnam with the names of 12 cities and towns is engraved on the back.

History / Summary

This lighter was acquired by Carmel Jorgensen (later Hurst) when she was serving as a civilian nursing sister with the Australian Surgical Teams at Bien Hoa in Vietnam. The severe lack of medical facilities and staff in Vietnam led to South Vietnamese Government to request urgent civilian medical aid through the USAID and SEATO programmes. Australia responded by sending a succession of surgical teams which operated out of several centres throughout the country. Carmel Jorgensen arrived in Vietnam in October 1967 with a team from Royal Brisbane Hospital and served as a nursing sister at Bien Hoa until September 1968.