Today is the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, which inevitably has led me to thoughts of my Pop Pop. He wasn’t there that day, but the events that took place led him to join the Air Force and the war in the Pacific.
Since I last wrote, I’ve learned a bit more about that Cuban peso thanks to the people responsible for the 330th Bomb Group website. It’s called a “short snorter,” which is a funny name and seems to have something to do with alcohol (shocking haha). From The Short Snorter Project:
A short snorter is a banknote which was signed by various persons traveling together or meeting up at different events and records who was met. The tradition was started by bush pilots in Alaska in the 1920’s and subsequently spread through the growth of military and commercial aviation. If you signed a short snorter and that person could not produce it upon request, they owed you a dollar or a drink.
I had never heard of these things before, but it seems that they were pretty common back then. Most likely my Pop Pop’s was signed by his friends while training in Cuba before shipping out to Guam. It’s crazy to think that he probably carried it around with him a good amount of the time (or, alternatively, he never carried it with him, because Pop Pop was the kind of guy who would’ve been buying guys drinks left and right regardless). I was actually showing it to my boyfriend the other day and discovered another name on the front of the peso, but I have yet to figure out who it belongs to. Leslie someone or other, it looks like. Another mystery waiting to be solved, I suppose!