Lighter, Park Sherman, Kenneth Kirkwood, Pilot, US Navy
Genuine WWII US lighter, manufactured by Park Sherman in Springfield, Illinois. Black-painted steel. Initials K.S.K. have been carved on one side and the mention Kirk VPB-153 on the other. A leather name tab, adorned with US Navy pilot's wings, the name K.S. Kirkwood and the rank of Commander, is also included in this lot.
A copy of the dinner's menu served at the officers mess of Naval Air Station Alameda, California on March 16, 1945 and an article dedicated to Husky Kirkwood's career complete this nice little grouping.
Kenneth Spratling 'Husky' Kirkwood was born in Alabama on November 1st, 1923. He joined the US Navy on June 25, 1942 and was awarded his pilot's wings as an Ensign on August 23, 1943. He went on to serve in Hawaii and Guam and remained in the Naval Reserve until 1973. He passed away on April 6, 2019.
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