@SmokeRings , here's one with a similar story...
Purchased in Leatherneck with the intent of giving it a good run. It still gets a good run here. I carry it as often as I can and it serves as a little piece of what my kids see every time they see me. It's also tied to some pretty good (and bad) memories. Helps my rattled head remember who I am sometimes.
I drilled with a 1/4 in initially because that is what the guy said would work. That was not big enough, so I tried to open the holes with a dremel. They are oval now. You might be able to do a better job with it and come closer to matching the Zippo pipe lighter. I use it, but I was disappointed in the results.
I use matches, there's more somewhere including one I've been losing and finding for 25 or so years, currently it's lost. Gave a few away too since I never use them. Here's the only two I know are around.