Great White Fleet: sixteen white battleships of the US Navy, sent around the world (1908-1909) demonstrating American might.
John Masefield: English poet, adventure novelist and dramatist (1878-1967).
Kranois: an invented African land from the Masefield novel.
A.T.C: Air Transport Cargo, an aircraft specifically designed for hauling cargo.
Maxwell: an automobile produced from 1904 through 1924 by Maxwell-Chalmers which was reorganized into the Chrysler Corporation.
metal “Mike”: seaman’s nickname for automatic steering gear.
Dollar Steamship Company, proprietor of President Madison.
Mex: American slang for Chinese coinage (which is further broken down into centavos).
Billy Dollar: passenger launch of the Billy Steamship Company.
Tommy Atkins: fictitious name for a British soldier.
6-80: naval launch.
a primary instructor.: See L. Ron Hubbard, The Humanitarian/Education.
dead soldier: (American slang) empty alcohol bottle, especially beer.
nipi bahai: thatched hut.
ifil: a medium-sized, slow-growing evergreen tree who's wood is know for its hardness and duribility.
Film boat: a launch specifically used for the shooting of photographic stills.
My Foot: Although no further explanation is offered, given the infamously dangerous coral reefs off the Guamanian coast, lacerated feet were common.
Acey Ducey: a variation of the game of backgammon.
gobs: (slang) US Navy seamen.
P.S.C.: abbreviation for Patrol Submarine Chaser, a small, unarmored patrol vessel.
INT.D.T.L.: International Date Line.
Mauna: active volcano on the island of Hawaii.
archie: slang for antiaircraft gun.
Vigilante Day: annual Helena, Montana parade and celebration in early May recreating scenes from local history.
Jake Hoover: Local Montana historical figures from the 1800s.
Horace Greeley: US journalist and editor remembered for his adage “Go West, young man,” 1811-1872.
Sound: reference to Puget Sound.
sunfished: acted like a sun-fish; bucked.
Rockefeller: John D. Rockefeller.
Chen Shek: Chaing Kai-shek
The Three Principles of the People: nationalism, democracy (realized in stages) and livelihood (guaranteed through collectivization of land and industry).
protectorship. See Ron, Adventurer/Explorer: Daring Deeds and Unknown Realms.
a barnstorming summer. Chronicled in Ron, Adventurer/Explorer: Daring Deeds and Unknown Realms.
later account. See Ron, Adventurer/Explorer: Daring Deeds and Unknown Realms.
gats: slang for pistols and revolvers..