Kentucky Maverick: The Life and Adventures of Colonel George M. Chinn

Kentucky Maverick: The Life and Adventures of Colonel George M. Chinn

by Carlton Jackson


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Colonel George M. Chinn's (1902—1987) life story reads more like fiction than the biography of a Kentucky soldier. A smart and fun-loving character, Chinn attended Centre College and played on the famous "Praying Colonels" football team that won the 1921 national championship. After graduation, he returned to his home in Mercer County and partnered with munitions expert "Tunnel" Smith to dynamite a cliff. The resulting hole became Chinn's Cave House — a diner that also functioned as an underground gambling operation during Prohibition. He even served as Governor A. B. "Happy" Chandler's bodyguard before joining the Marine Corps in 1943.

In Kentucky Maverick, Carlton Jackson details the life of a legendary and highly decorated Marine whose career spanned both world wars, the Korean War, and Vietnam. Chinn's service paired a love of history with a special kind of genius: he documented the history of military technology while designing innovative weapons such as the M-19 automatic grenade launcher, which is still used in the armed forces today. After leaving the Corps, Chinn leaned on his many connections to become the director of the Kentucky Historical Society.

Carlton Jackson's entertaining biography weaves together outrageous tales of gunplay and politics while revealing Chinn's sense of humor, unbending will, and a sense of destiny that could only be fulfilled by a true twentieth-century Renaissance man.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813161051
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 07/14/2015
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 797,936
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Carlton Jackson (1933—2014) was University Distinguished Professor at Western Kentucky University and the author of numerous books, including P. S. I Love You: The Story of the Singing Hilltoppers. His book Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel was listed by the New York Times as one of the fifty most notable books of 1989.

Table of Contents

A Maverick from a Family of Mavericks
What's in a Name?
Football and Caves
Odds and Ends; or, Here and There
Semper Fi
"Whose History Is It, Anyway?"
Back to the Cave
Action at the Kentucky Historical Society, 1959-1973
The Worlding According to Chinn
An Assessment of Colonel George Morgan Chinn

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