The Short Snorter Project
George J. Grimm Short Snorter Note #2: U.S. One Dollar HAWAII Silver Certificate - Series 1935A - Serial # L78366844C.
Short snorter signed by U.S. Marine Corps WW2 fighter ace and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Joe Foss.
Joe Foss would later become Governor of South Dakota and a General in the South Dakota Air National Guard.
He was also the first Commissioner of the American Football League and served as President of the National Rifle
Association. Joe Foss was inducted into the Personal Courage Wing of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, Washington.
|George J. Grimm Short Snorter Note #2
I just finished reading A Proud American: The Autobiography of Joe Foss by Joe Foss with Donna Wild Foss, and found
the following on pages 97-98 describing what "Foss's Flying Circus" would do for entertainment when not flying or
getting bombed at Guadalcanal...
"A group of us had begun spending our evenings together playing cards. As our membership grew, we became
known as the Short Snorters - a short snort being a small drink, which we occasionally managed. We did enjoy
a beer or Scotch now and then, since it was military policy to provide some alcohol to fliers to combat the terrible
stress they endured. Whereas many of us had the ability to relax completely in stressful conditions - an ability
that has served many good fliers well - some of the pilots were so affected by the pressure of combat that they
found it almost impossible to sleep, even when things were quiet. But the drinks were relatively infrequent.
Stories of hard-drinking pilots were popular and circulated after the war, but there was scant room on the
occasional cargo plane for whiskey, and I knew of no heavy drinkers on Guadalcanal."
|U. S. Marine Corps Major Joe Foss sitting in the Co-Pilots seat of George Grimm's PB2Y-5A while enjoying a good cigar.
|George Grimm's Flight Logbook from September 1944. The flight from Manus beginning 9/21/44 carried Joe Foss.