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Notes Introduction 1. Chinn, interview by Ellis. 2. This is exactly why the armed forces would not give him a final discharge. He knew too much and was too valuable. He stayed in the Marine Corps for twenty-six years, and only a few times during that period did he weigh under three hundred pounds. Though military physicians questioned him several times about his weight, they quickly learned that recommending diets for Chinn was perilous to their own well-being, given the role the colonel played in martial affairs. Some military physicians came to believe that Colonel Chinn was a “plant” to keep the doctors on their toes. Chinn was so large, and if he were walking across the base, some doctors thought it was their mission to interrogate him about his weight. When they learned who he was, of course, they backed off. Howells, interview by author February 7, 2012. Colonel Chinn had both classified and unclassified information before him; too much for the government easily to dismiss him from the armed forces. He finally did get out of the military (first in 1959, only to be recalled in a “consulting” role for Vietnam in the 1960s). Thus, he earned—among other decorations—the Legion of Merit (WWII), Bronze Star (Korea), and Meritorious Service (Vietnam). Norman, “The Kentucky Colonel of Pen and Sword,” 17. 3. Chinn, “Goes Hunting.” 4. Anderson, “Colonel George Morgan Chinn,” 197. 5. Chinn, Through Two Hundred Years, 1. 6. Chinn, interview by Crawford. 7. Ibid. 8. Ibid. See also Norman, “The Kentucky Colonel,” 16. 9. Chinn, interview by Crawford. See also Kontis, “‘Buddy’ Howells ,” 96. 10. Communicadet (1920), 2. 11. Kontis, “‘Buddy’ Howells,” 86. Millersburg closed its doors long after Chinn attended. It was converted to a prep school. Howells, interview by author, February 7, 2012. 159 160 Notes to Pages 4–11 12. Colonel Best founded Millersburg Training School in 1893, and the school was soon renamed Millersburg Military Institute. It went from having 1 boarder in 1893 to 93 in 1920. By 1920, some 1,300 to 1,400 students had been enrolled at Millersburg Military Institute; 219 were graduated, of whom 80 percent ultimately received academic degrees from universities and colleges throughout the United States. In World War I over two hundred former cadets enrolled in the U.S. Army, between 60 and 70 of them commissioned officers. George M. Chinn, one of 9 cadets, received his diploma from the academy. Commencement program, June 4, 1920, Howells Family Collection. 13. Chinn, The History of Harrodsburg, 2. 14. Chinn, interview by Ellis. 15. Bright, “Mercer County’s Modest Marine.” 16. Norman, “The Kentucky Colonel,” 16. 17. Carr, “Mercer County.” 18. Martin, “Gun Experts Hail Kentuckian’s Aid.” 19. Bright, “Mercer County’s Modest Marine.” 20. “Prisoners Brutally Punished.” 21. “Due to Tuberculosis.” 22. “News and Roundabout.” 23. “Colonel Jack Chinn Seems to Be on the Warpath.” 24. According to Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 25. Chinn, History of Harrodsburg, 132. See also Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 26. Seattle Times Sports News, May 3, 1966. 27. Ibid. 28. Park City Daily News (Bowling Green, KY), September 2, 2012. 29. Seattle Times Sports News, May 3, 1966. 30. Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia. 31. Pearce, “Col. Jack Chinn.” 32. Ellis, “When Col. Jack Chinn Got ‘Het Up.’” 33. Ibid. 34. Ann Howells, e-mail to author. 35. Chinn, interview by Crawford. 36. Ironically, one of George M. Chinn’s associates at the Kentucky Historical Society in the 1980s was William Buster, whose great-uncle, Ephraim Lillard, stood beside J. P. Chinn when the shooting started. See Zuercher, “That Day Frankfort Turned Dodge City.” 37. Chinn, interview by Crawford. 161 Notes to Pages 11–20 38. See Harrodsburg Herald, April 3, 1903, reprinted in Bailey, Murders , Mischief, Mayhem, 5–6. 39. Chinn, interview by Crawford. 40. Miller, “Historically Speaking.” 41. Chinn, History of Harrodsburg, 115–16. 42. Town council ordinance, Harrodsburg, 1860, forbidding whites and blacks to be buried in the same cemeteries. 43. Norman, “The Kentucky Colonel,” 17. 44. See Hanna, letter to the editor. 45. Norman, “The Kentucky Colonel,” 17. 1. What’s in a Name? 1. Howells, interview by author, September 12, 2012. 2. Norman, “The Kentucky Colonel,” 17. 3. Chinn, interview by Ellis. 4. Ibid. 5. Kontis and Chinn became close friends after the latter asked for a copy of a report that Kontis gave to an audience at the Advance Engineering Group in Louisville. “He wanted a copy of everything. Thank God because...


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