Ernie Pyle Memorial Zippo Lighter
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Ernie Pyle Memorial Zippo Lighter

Code: uapg20001

$3,500.00

Product Description

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ARTIFACT: An incredibly poignant and historical Zippo. Ernie Pyle left the light carrier USS Cabot (what he called the Iron Woman in his column) at the end of February 1945. On Easter, April 1, he went ashore with the Marines on Okinawa. Eighteen days later, he was killed on the nearby island of Ie Shima when a bullet from a Japanese machine gun hit him in the left temple below the rim of his helmet. Pyle was a friend of George Blaisdell, the founder of the Zippo Lighter Co., and after Pyle left the Iron Woman and was killed on Ie Shima, hundreds of Zippo lighters inscribed, "In Memory of Ernie Pyle 1945" were sent to the crew of the USS Cabot. This was the only time they were issued and only to the 700 crewmembers.

VINTAGE: Circa WWII.

SIZE: 1.5" wide by 2.25" high.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Black coated brass.

ATTACHMENT: Hinge.

MARKINGS: "In Memory Ernie Pyle 1945" engraved on front.

ITEM NOTES: VAJJJX07 LCEJJX

CONDITION: 4+ (Very Good): Lighter shows wear at all corners and edges. Black coating shows evidence of cracking and melting in lower right rear corner. Does not detract from presentation of this extremely rare lighter.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.