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Letter from Linus Pauling, Jr. to Ava Helen Pauling. April 12, 1944.
Linus Jr. writes to his mother to discuss the possible avenues that he may travel through the military hierarchy, depending upon his performance in Army Air Corps radar school.


April 12, 1944

Dear Mom

I start school next Wednesday. The radio mechanics school here lasts five months' then I got to Chanute Field, Illinois, for two months of pre-radar; then for two months of advanced radar at Boca Raton, Florida. At the end of that time I have just about the highest M.O.S. (military occupational specialty) rating possible. I will know, supposedly, how to repair any radio equipment the air corps has. It is doubtful that I will get any rating until I have finished completely and am assigned to a squadron, but I may get a corporalcy when I get to Boca Raton. But afterwards I will get up somewhere in the three highest: technical, master, or first sergeant.

If I am able to be at the top of my class, I may be retained as an instructor for some time, and then sent to some OCS and become an officer in this field of radio. But I think I would rather be a sergeant and see some action.

Radar is an up-and-coming field. Besides having turrets sighted by it, the famous bomb sight is being replaced by some radar device.

I can run into Chicago on my one day a week off, so I though I might go to see the Hognesses if they are in town. Do we know anyone else in this section of the country? Ann Arbor is a little far away, I'm only supposed to go 150 miles.

Would you send me those gloves I send home in November? Unless of course, you are using them.

Pasadena must be beautiful now. Winter still is making things chilly here, But it won't be long. I'm having a lot of luck in my field location.

To you and the family, my love,


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