Ernie Pyle Memorial Zippo Lighter

Ernie Pyle Memorial Zippo Lighter

Code: uapg20001


Product Description


OUT OF OFFICE: September 15 through September 22 2019.

Thank you for visiting. We hope you will find some vintage artifact of interest here, but please be advised that we are currently out of the office, at the legendary MAX Show (Last one in Pittsburgh!) returning on Monday September 23rd, and we will not be able to ship until then. Feel free to place an order, or email us to place an artifact ON HOLD, but, again, we will not be able to ship until 9/23/19.
Thank you, Ron & Kana

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.


SIZE: 1.5" wide by 2.25" high.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Black coated brass.


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


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.