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Letter from Linus Pauling to the Los Angeles Board of Appeal of the U.S. Selective
Service System. November 10, 1942.
Pauling writes to provide further justification for the granting to Eli Mozitt of
a six-month deferment from required military service in order to assist Pauling's
program of scientific war work.
November 10, 1942
Board of Appeal
Selective Service System
Local Board No. 234
3406 West Washington Blvd., Rm. 5
Los Angeles, California
For several months we have been carrying on a problem of war research under
contract between the California Institute of Technology and the Committee on Medical
Research of the Office of Scientific Research and Development. The nature of this
work is confidential, but I may say that it relates to the problem of blood transfusion.
After the preliminary chemical work had been done, it became necessary for physiological
work to be carried out, and recently arrangements were made to have this physiological
work done at the University of Southern California under the direction of Professor
Drury and Dr. Mehl. Mr. Eli Movitt, Order No. 2077, was employed to carry out this
work, to which he is to devote half his time. We have had great difficulty in finding
suitably trained men to carry on this war research, and for this reason I recommended
classification of Mr. Movitt in Class II-A. I do not know of any other suitably trained
man who is available to carry on this work, and I am appealing from the classification
made by the Local Board, in order that we may have his assistance in the satisfactory
completion of our war research problem. There is no man of suitable physiological
training available at the California Institute of Technology, and I do not know of
anyone else who can be hired in place of Mr. Movitt.
Linus Pauling, Chairman
Division of Chemistry and
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