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Jim-Bob finds out he is not eligible to fly in the Air Corps due to bad vision. He realizes he can join to work on the planes even if he cannot fly them. Mary Ellen has doubts about starting to go out again.
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[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal
Although my brother, Jim Bob, loved the mountain as much as the rest of us, since childhood he had dreamed of heights beyond its summit. Now, in the spring of 1942, as those dreams appeared to be within his reach, it seemed that he was finding new energy and purpose. If we were disappointed, it was only because Jim Bob was quietly building to a crisis that would turn his life in a different direction.