1 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High

         Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
 2 I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
         My God, in Him I will trust.”

 3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler]
         And from the perilous pestilence.
 4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
         And under His wings you shall take refuge;
         His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
 5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
         Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
 6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
         Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

 7 A thousand may fall at your side,
         And ten thousand at your right hand;
         But it shall not come near you.




Comments: 681
  • #681

    RM2 John Sala (Monday, 11 January 2021 13:05)

    What a pleasure it is looking over this collection. All the ships I was stationed on no longer exist, But they are all here in the collection. USS America, USS Independence, USS Saratoga and the USS Truxton. They Live on in this fabulous collection. Thank you John

  • #680

    Richard E Tatum (Monday, 14 December 2020 12:02)

    I served aboard the Thetis Bay and the Essex.

  • #679

    Aaron Schwartz (Saturday, 29 August 2020 10:59)

    Awesome collection.... as a marine corps vet I was wondering if you are willing to part ways with any of your zippos ? If so please email me at
    If not I understand. Either way, awesome collection and I’m jealous ! Take care

  • #678

    Joseph Goodrich (Tuesday, 09 June 2020 13:03)

    Wow, what an awesome collection! I’m glad my old USS New Jersey belt buckle ended up in your collection. It was an honor to have served onboard her. (BB-62) ��

  • #677

    Chelsea Kehde (Friday, 05 June 2020 09:37)

    Keep up the good work!

  • #676

    Lisa Cellura (Thursday, 04 June 2020 19:31)

    so neat that our zippo has a permanent home in your museum, display it with our good wishes, Lisa and Joe

  • #675

    Jack Bragg (Thursday, 07 May 2020 15:03)

    Sir, awesome collection! I am in the Air Force Recruiting Service and have been looking for the 1965 Zippo for a while without any luck. Was wondering what it would take for you to part with one of yours? If this is a possibility please email me at Thanks in advance!

  • #674

    Jacob Littlefield. (Friday, 10 April 2020 07:54)

    I hope I'm doing this right. I don't see any options to sign your guestbook but I'm sure this will reach you, none the less. You have always been a positive and very active member of the online Zippo community and your recent absence has not gone without notice. I have always held very high respect for you as an over-all person, despite how radically different our backgrounds are. I wish you the best with your health and hope to see your posts for many years to come! Thank you for everything you've done for this community and you will never be forgotten when it's time to set sail once again.

  • #673

    Kainradl Alexander (Monday, 30 March 2020 10:26)

    Hi and hello John,

    I hope youre soon back in track and you show us the parts of your collection by yourself.
    All the best from Germany


  • #672

    Lee Sainsbury (Monday, 30 March 2020 08:17)

    God Bless You John.
    Psalm 55 v 22

  • #671

    Zippo Charly (Monday, 23 March 2020 04:39)

    You are such a great inspiration for the whole group of Zippo collectors. And your collection is so amzing. Thanks for your service! God bless you!

  • #670

    Jacques (Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:07)

    Dear John...
    It is an honor to know you by fb and love to see all the Zippo you showed us.
    An Amazing collection you have.
    Thanks to give me insight of that great collection.

    Best regards, Jacques

  • #669

    José Antonio Alcamí Jaunzarás (Sunday, 22 March 2020 09:49)

    Incredible collection. My respects.

  • #668

    Andreas Böckmann (Saturday, 21 March 2020 15:03)

    Dear John!
    It's an absolutely pleasure to see your fantastic collection and this wonderful page!
    I'm so proud what you did for your country and also for us Zippo collectors!
    Stay strong and all my best wishes to you!
    Best regards from Germany from Andreas

  • #667

    Steve Davos (Saturday, 21 March 2020 14:13)

    It's an hour. *salute*

  • #666

    Tom Bacon (Saturday, 21 March 2020 09:13)

    Good Morning John

    I will sign your book again, just watched your video and was very happy to see a donated zippo, each and every item in your vast collection has a place in your heart . You have generously shared your knowledge with everyone and have taught us all how to become a better person.

    A true giant of a man - “always showing us the way”

    My friend forever

  • #665

    fumitaka nishimura (Saturday, 21 March 2020 08:16)

    I'm nishibun on Facebook
    I'm collecting the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's tail.
    Do you have the old JMSDF zippo?
    I am collecting the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force's tail.
    Do you have the old JMSDF zippo?

  • #664

    Florian Jung (Saturday, 21 March 2020 04:52)

    Dear John,
    it‘s a pleasure to read your explanations and see your awesome collection of Navy-Zippos.
    I wish you a lot of strength,
    fair Winds and following seas.

  • #663

    Kelvin.Khuyen (Saturday, 21 March 2020 01:14)

    Dear John,
    Thank for your service ! Being a man born after the war , but I know lots of stories from my dad also was in the Vietnam war !
    Your work is very great ! Your Zippos collection is wonderful!
    Hope you get on well soon !
    Kelvin.Khuyen from Vietnam .

  • #662

    Küx Michael (Friday, 20 March 2020 23:59)

    Hi John,
    Thanks for sharing the best and largest Collection of Navy-Zippos I‘ve ever seen. Enjoying your daily posts in the morning was as important as the coffee and the newspaper. I‘ll miss it......

  • #661

    Dale Benson (Friday, 20 March 2020 18:14)

    John, I have enjoyed learning about your time in the Navy and your Zippos from your posts.

    It’s fantastic to learn more everyday and I Thankyou for that. You have friends the world wide that care about you and that shows the type of person you are.


  • #660

    eric stockon (Friday, 20 March 2020 15:27)

    thank you for your service and sacrifices defending the freedoms the rest of us get to enjoy.

  • #659

    Dennis H de Vries (Friday, 20 March 2020 15:26)

    Dear John...
    It is an honor to know you by fb and love to see all the Zippo you showed us.
    An Amazing collection you have.
    Thanks to give me insight of that great collection.
    I learned a lot.
    Hope I see more of it on fb.
    Thank you
    Regards Den

  • #658

    Paul Thomson (Friday, 20 March 2020 14:37)

    You’re a legend peace out ✌�

  • #657

    Valery Becker (Friday, 20 March 2020 14:25)

    Hello John. I am Valery Becker from Russia. Know that in Russia there are people who think and pray for you.

  • #656

    Loizos Christou (Friday, 20 March 2020 13:54)

    John, it's my honor that i met you, even from the zippo page. People like you, are rare in our days!! May God be with you at this difficult time. Greetings from Cyprus!!

  • #655

    Brandon Lupica (Friday, 20 March 2020 12:07)

    Thank you for all of your wonderful posts and abundance of info accompanying each one! It has been greatly appreciated! Hoping that you get better John!

  • #654

    Jeremy Sherman (Friday, 20 March 2020 10:58)

    Best wishes and prayers for you John. I know we didn't talk alot but I truly enjoy your passion for Zippo's and the information that you pass on to everybody. I hope you make a full recovery and get back to what you love quickly. I'll be looking forward to seeing more info and more wonderful Zippo's from you.

  • #653

    Dayna hodgson (Friday, 20 March 2020 10:39)

    Hey john always come here and read diff parts, thank you so much for all your knowledge and all your service over the pond, wishing u all the best and prayers my friend

  • #652

    Mark Grubic (Friday, 20 March 2020 10:11)

    It is an honor and privilege to know you sir. A great men, patriot, God fearing man that has inspired, educated and befriended an uncountable number of people. Stay strong John, thank you for your service to God and country and this little community of Zippo enthusiasts.

  • #651

    Herman F Doster (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:44)

    Many happy memories of my time in the navy, Uss Charles P Cecil DDR 835

  • #650

    Bob Beatty (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:39)

    What an impressive collection . A true labor of love.
    Thank you for sharing it with us and thank you for your service.

  • #649

    Remo Danielzik (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:38)

    Dear John
    You delight me every day with your Zippo pictures in various Facebook groups. I am always amazed how great your collection is. You are a great role model for me.
    Godd bless you.
    Greetings from Switzerland

  • #648

    Richard Nowell (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:24)

    I am thinking of you John in this trying time and you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May the peace of the Lord bless you always. Your collection is an amazing masterpiece.

  • #647

    Aart (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:21)

    It’s always fascinating to see all your Zippos of all the ships and every other Zippo.
    All the best John, Fair Sails to you.

  • #646

    Dan DeMato (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:20)

    What a wonderful site... thanks for all you do my friend.

  • #645

    Gary Gilmore (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:14)

    John thank you kindly for all you have done in service and sharing your wonderful collection with us all........ Go Navy......... God Bless You.

  • #644

    Greg Dennis (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:11)

    Excellent page. A blessing for your journey...

    “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
    Psalm 34:8,

  • #643

    gary (Friday, 20 March 2020 09:02)

    God Bless you John. Thank you for your sacrifice & Service. I really enjoy seeing your zippo's as well. Iam a small collector of Zippos. thanks again.

  • #642

    Kendall Miller (Friday, 20 March 2020 08:56)

    Thank you for your service. Thank you for this great page.

  • #641

    Joseph Johnson. (Friday, 20 March 2020 08:45)

    You never fail to amaze me. You’re a great inspiration to all of us.

  • #640

    Simon Robbins (Friday, 20 March 2020 06:35)

    You provide a fantastic resource for Zippo collectors around the world, a great guy who always gives of his knowledge in the online world and beyond. Greetings from London, UK.

  • #639

    Sander Claessen (the dutch guy) (Friday, 20 March 2020 06:27)

    John even I want to say, Thank you for your service! Always great to see your collection, your awesome posts on the Zippo community. You are the reason I started colllecting military Zippo's...
    May you be here for a long time! Hope things get better

    Praying for your health!


  • #638

    Baz Carter (Friday, 20 March 2020 05:19)

    God Bless You Sir
    Claim Seas and a Following Wind
    Go Navy

  • #637

    jean-yves (Friday, 20 March 2020 05:06)

    I collected zippos for 30 years now, i never see amazing collection before, this one, john god bless you
    all my best

  • #636

    Peter Bonnington (Friday, 20 March 2020 04:09)

    an amazing collection, thanks so much for sharing , have enjoyed your daily posts

    God be with you


  • #635

    Matthew M. Kicklighter Jr. USMC (Friday, 20 March 2020 04:08)

    Thank you for your service to this country sir, you have an amazing collection. The story’s that these lighters could tell. As a fellow collector and enthusiast I’ll make sure to direct a few fellow guys that will appreciate such a fine collection this way. God bless!

  • #634

    Carol Pearce (Friday, 20 March 2020 02:01)

    Always enjoy seeing your Zippo posts. Very informative. Always a new one popping up in my feed. Whilst many of us have never met our love for one special thing brings us together. Get well my friend

  • #633

    Charles Morin (Friday, 20 March 2020 01:56)

    John, we dont know each other but its always a pleasure to see your posts. Was sad to see the last one so had to come sign and say a few words. Hope things get better.


  • #632

    Alastair Longhurst (Friday, 20 March 2020 01:01)

    You have been an inspiration to me in my short career as a collector of Zippo Lighters. Your advice has been very welcome, and I, as well as many others have looked forward to what you have posted of your world class collection on a daily basis on the sites. The back story on each Zippo has always made each one a prize. I wish to keep seeing your postings for as long as you can. I unfortunately never served in the British forces, but I still wish to say thank you for yours Sir!! And in your words, Go Navy!!