Banknote: British Guiana One Dollar Series 1st OCTOBER 1938, Serial # F/4 09136 - From David Klinger's blog:
"This is a British Guiana (P-12b) $1 of 1938 with the names and ranks of what appears to an entire company of
U.S. Marines neatly typed vertically on it. The note itself isn't particularly special, probably grades fine, but the edges,
corners, etc., are in remarkably good shape. But it's the names and possible history of it which intrigue me. I'd like to
know what unit they were from, where they were, why they chose a British Guiana note, what they were doing, etc. I've
tried to find out something on the Internet, using just about every key word, name and so forth I can think of without
success." (His investigation uncovered that) "Before World War II (09/03/40), President Roosevelt signed an agreement
with England (part of the” Lend-Lease” program) called the Destroyers for Bases Executive Agreement, to exchange 50
World War I US Navy destroyers for U.S. access to English bases in the Atlantic. Most people knew that war was coming
and these bases would be used to help protect the United States against the Germans, especially their U-boats. One of
the bases was located on the northeastern part of South America in a British Colony called British Guiana (now called
Guyana). Naval Air Station British Guiana was established shortly thereafter. Security was provided by a Marine Guard
Detachment. Navy seaplanes patrolled the southern Caribbean looking for German U-boats throughout the duration of
WWII. The names on the short snorter (P-12b) were likely members of that Marine security detachment."
"Here is a bio of one of the Marines who's name appears on the short snorter - Gy. Sgt. J. A. Luko. Proof of my guess. It
states: "John was assigned to Naval Air Station, British Guiana from July, 1942 to April, 1944 as a Marine guard duty
Gunnery Sergeant. "
These are pictures of the Marines who's names are on the note.
Virtual Museum British Guiana - U.S.M.C. Short Snorter Posted: 11.30.07
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