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Letter from Linus Pauling, Jr. to Ava Helen and Linus Pauling. January 18, 1944.
Linus Jr. writes to his parents to note his new interest in transferring into the
Army medical corps training program, and to inquire into the possibility that his
father might have a colleague who could write a recommendation for him.
January 18, 1944
Dear Mom and Dad,
I transferred to a new group today Bks. 187, T.G. 306. All the guys are ordinary
no cadets. I was right -my old group is in the process of shipping.
I am very much tempted to transfer to Medics; it will take some arguing to do it.
have to make up my mind that the possible glory of flying is not for me. Being in
probably be boring I'd learn one job like blood typing and do it for the rest of the
war or be a
ward boy and push a broom up and down a ward- but I'd always be warm and clean. Do
know anyone, Dad, who might assist my transfer by writing a letter? Someone in the
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