L. Ron Hubbard A Chronicle: 1941-1949
Source: L. Ron Hubbard A Chronicle
1941-1945: On 29 March 1941, he receives his Master of Sail Vessel license for “Any Ocean.”
On 2 July 1941, he is commissioned as lieutenant (jg) of the United States Navy Reserve. With the outbreak of war in December 1941, he is ordered to Australia where he coordinates intelligence activities.
[Image caption: L. Ron Hubbard during World War II served as a lieutenant in the US Navy.]
Returning to the United States in March, 1942 he takes command of a convoy escort vessel in the Atlantic, then a subchaser in the Pacific. He also serves as an instructor and chief navigation officer, and is selected to Princeton University’s Military Government School. In early 1945, while recovering from war injuries at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital, Mr. Hubbard conducts a series of tests and experiments dealing with the endocrine system. He discovers that, contrary to long-standing beliefs, function monitors structure. With this revolutionary advance, he begins to apply his theories to the field of the mind.
1946: After discharge from the US Navy in February 1946,[ 3] Mr. Hubbard returns to writing, although his primary thrust continues to be the development of a means to better the condition of man. He also continues to write to help support this research.
1947: He opens an office near the corner of La Brea and Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, and tests the application of Dianetics among actors, directors, writers and others of the Hollywood community. These are the people who first receive the benefits of Mr. Hubbard’s revolutionary breakthroughs in the field of the mind.
1948: L. Ron Hubbard accepts an appointment as a Special Police Officer with the Los Angeles Police Department and uses the position to study society’s criminal elements.[ 4]
Moving on to Savannah, Georgia, he volunteers his time in hospitals and mental wards, saving lives with his counseling techniques.[ 5]
With test cases and research material in hand, he travels to Washington, DC and compiles into final manuscript form the result of his sixteen-year investigation to determine the dynamic principle of existence. (The result of this work is published today as the book The Dynamics of Life.)
1949: His as-yet-unpublished manuscript on Dianetics, which had been passed to a few friends for review, is copied and copied again until it circulates around the world. As a result of this enthusiastic response, he is urged by associates to write a popular book on the subject of Dianetics.
Late in the year, L. Ron Hubbard’s “Terra Incognita: The Mind,” the first published article on Dianetics, appears in the Winter/Spring issue of the Explorers Club Journal.
- ↑ Scientology omits Hubbard’s occult activities from their bio.
- ↑ Hubbard claimed that Oak Knoll Naval Hospital conducted endocrine experiments on returning POWs, and that he, Hubbard, disrupted their research with his covert Dianetics experiments. He also admitted to gaining access to the Oak Knoll Medical Library by impersonating a medical doctor. See Ron the Researcher
- ↑ Hubbard was discharged 6 December 1945, and his pension became effective 16 February 1946. See Application for Disability Pension.
- ↑ Scientology has also claimed that Hubbard’s involvement at the Agape Lodge was by authority of the LAPD. The 1947 date of course makes this claim impossible. See Attorney Jeremy Malcolm letter of 3 April 2001
- ↑ See Ron the Researcher
- ↑ Scientology reverted to Hubbard’s early title for this book Dianetics: The Original Thesis.