Letters, Feb. 19, 1951

The Air Force & the Lady

Sir: Your Jan. 29 story regarding the commissioning of Mary Van Rensselaer Thayer to a lieutenant colonel in the Women's Air Force Reserve interested me very much, because I too would like to become a lieutenant colonel. My qualifications:

Graduate, University of Oregon; business experience, 1932-44; U.S. Marine Corps, 1944-45 ; U.S. Naval Reserve, 1947 to date.

The only reason I am considering a change is that I think it would be easier to support my wife and three kids on a lieutenant colonel's salary than on a seaman's . . .



Well, I think that...

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