U.S. Navy U.S.S. Saturn – Edmund R. Ondracek

The German freighter Arauca was interned at Port Everglades end of 1939 and was acquired on 1942 by the U.S. Navy, renamed to U.S.S. Saturn (AK-49) and designated as a cargo ship and in 1944 converted to a storeship (AF-40). U.S.S. Saturn sailed to the Mediterranean carrying supplies for the invasion of southern France. After one trip to Iceland and several voyages to the Caribbean, she made another trip to Oran in March 1945. She then resumed her supply voyages up and down the Atlantic Coast until arriving at Norfolk, Va., on 1 July 1946, where she was decommissioned.


Chrome plated Zippo with a many engravings of a crew member of the U.S.S. Saturn named E. R. Ondracek with the rating of Electrician's Mate at the second-class level: six names of friends on the lid and «E. R. Ondracek, U.S.S. Saturn, Bermuda, Cuba, San Juan Riveira, Puerto Rico, Trinidad Oran, North Africa and Bizerte, Tunis on the front. «U.S. Navy E.M 2/c, Dec. 43 to June 46 aboard U.S.S. Saturn, Norfolk, VA., Bayonne, N.J., Boston, Mass. Phila.» on the lid and «Marseille, Toulon, Southern France, Naple, Italy, Palermo, Sicily, Argentia, Newfoundland, Reykjavik, Iceland and Straits of Gibraltar, Algiers» on the back. His name on the top and his address on the bottom. Twelve female first names on one side and two personal engravings including «One And Only Eleonor» with a heart on the other side. Another special and rare detail is the insert of this Zippo, which is also engraved with names on both sides and has a handmade base with a screw to reduce the fuel evaporation.

  • Model: three barrel hinge, round bottom
  • Year: 1943 - 45
  • Status: in collection