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Cigarette Lighter

Made by Ronson1940

Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service

Eisenhower National Historic Site, National Park Service

General Eisenhower carried this pocket lighter throughout World War II. A heavy smoker, wear use is evident on the sides. It was presented on the evening of December 14, 1949, to William E. Robinson when the General gave up smoking during a bridge game at the Morningside Heights home at Columbia University.

The pressure on Eisenhower was enormous. In the weeks leading up to D-Day he was drinking 24 cups of coffee and smoking six packs of cigarettes a day, while averaging two hours of uninterrupted sleep per night.

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