The Founding of The Short Snorter Project
The Short Snorter Project
In the spring of 2003, I stopped in to see George Grimm, the farmer who owned the dairy farm where I worked for two
summers during my high school years (1976-1977). George invited me in and we sat down at the kitchen table. While
sitting there, I noticed a model of a flying boat on the kitchen counter. There was also a periodical about war stories on
the table. I asked George if he was in World War II. He said, "I was a pilot in the Naval Transport Service flying the PB2Y
Coronado." I had no idea. He never said anything about the war when I worked on the farm and we sat down for a
wonderful farmhouse meal everyday after the cows were milked and fed (prepared by his sweet wife Arlene)!
While thumbing through the periodical, I noticed a picture of Admiral Chester Nimitz. I mentioned to George, "My
brother-in-law's father was on his communications staff in Pearl Harbor." George said, "Wait a minute...," and left the
room returning with a large scrapbook that he set down in front of me. He turned to a section that had photos of Nimitz
getting out of a car at a boat dock, looking out the window of a cockpit, disembarking into a launch, and riding across
the water towards a battleship (the U.S.S. South Dakota in Tokyo Bay).
The date is August 29, 1945, and George Grimm has just flown Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz and his flag party to
Japan for the surrender of the Japanese! (Read George's complete story at the PB2Y Coronado web site...)
Still in shock, I looked up at George and asked him, “Do you have a short snorter?"
George said, "How do you know about that?"
I replied (rather proudly), "I'm a numismatist and read about it in The Numismatist magazine last fall (November 2002)."
George said, "Wait a second...," and again walked out of the room. He returned with an envelope containing ten folded
banknotes taped together. He handed me...
The George J. Grimm Short Snorter
1. USA 1 dollar Silver Certificate - Given to George by his flight instructor, Art J. Bell, when George first soloed at
Boeing Field on 11-7-41 as a member of the flying club Falcon Flyers. On the back are pilots and passengers from
VR-2 where George began flying the PB2Y Coronado flying boat in the Pacific Theatre of Operations.
2. USA 1 dollar Silver Certificate "HAWAII" overprint - Pilots and passengers, including U. S. Marine Corps Major
Joe Foss (recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor), whom he flew from Manus in the Admiralty Islands back
to the U.S.
3. Dutch East Indies 1 gulden - A U.S. Marine Corps General with his Colonel aide.
4. Japan 5 yen - Admiral Spruance (Cdr 5th Fleet, promoted to CINCPACFLT) and another Vice-Admiral. On reverse
Admiral John Towers, Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz, plus others.
5. Japan 50 sen - Vice Admiral DeWitt Clinton Ramsey, plus others.
6. Philippine 1 peso - Vice Admiral J.L. Kauffman, Rear Admiral Stackton, plus others.
7. Australia 10 shillings - Fleet Admiral C.W. Nimitz, Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Rear Admiral Tomlinson, Fleet
Admiral William D. Leahy, Marine Brig Gen, J.H. Fellows, plus others.
8. Japan 10 yen - Unidentified Vice Admiral, plus others
9. China 10000 yuan - Various members of Congress touring major Western Pacific island groups after war. Lt. Gen.
Chien Shih Tu (Chinese Nationalist Army, signed in English and Chinese), Gen. Wedemeyer (US Army Commander
China Theatre), Chang Ting-Noh (4 star rank), Adm Cooke (Cdr US 7th Fleet).
10. England 10 shillings - 2 Rear Admirals with staff flown from Washington, D.C., to the United Kingdom.
We talked for hours and George loaned me his type-written memoirs to read (absolutely fascinating and well written).
It covers pre-WWII until his discharge, with additional memories of a trip George, his wife, and two boys, Bruce and Bob,
took down to California in 1960 where they stopped in to pay Admiral Nimitz a visit at his home in Berkeley.
After our visit, I thought to myself that George's short snorter should be in a museum. I considered contacting the
Museum of Flight in Seattle with the idea of posting George's snorter on the Internet. I thought it would be neat if the
relatives of someone who signed that snorter could see that person's signature. It is sad to see people part with these
because they do not understand the history behind their existence. The idea faded until after my own father, a WW2
veteran, passed away in 2005. A couple of years after that I visited the Flying Heritage Collection in Arlington and was
talking with some veterans about short snorters. The idea surfaced again and I said to myself, "Why not me?" I know
how to build web sites. So I got to work and on July 4, 2007, The Short Snorter Project published to the Internet for the
very first time.. I am attempting to do something about that and launched this web site The Short Snorter Project.
We still visit from time to time. I share what's new with The Short Snorter Project. George tells me another good story.
The Short Snorter Project will always honor Short Snorter George Grimm and his short snorter in this Virtual Museum!
A local paper, The Everett Herald, published a story about George Grimm in 2005. Click here to read the article...