Antonio, Illinois, 1971. No. 028: Dropped Out and Enlisted

I graduated from high school in May, 71. I enrolled in junior college but soon dropped out and hung with gang members and friends in Chicago. Received draft notice late 1971. Enlisted USMC Feb. 1972. In late 1972 I was temporarily assigned to Bien Hoa, Vietnam, MAG...

Leland, Colorado, 1969. No. 052: Alternative Service

I was in my final year of college when the 1969 draft was conducted. I don’t have memory if it, but I assume I watched the event with my dorm-mates. I was raised in a pacifist Protestant denomination and had no difficulty attaining conscientious objector (CO) status....

Hunter, Michigan, 1969. No. 323: Minimum Wage Deferment

I graduated from high school in 1966 and took a job as a janitor for a public school in Michigan. The school arranged for me, and several others, to receive a job deferment. The purpose of the deferment was to benefit the school by retaining employees at a minimum...

Paul, Texas, 1969. No. 071: Could Not Fly

I entered college in September 1969, and got a deferment to attend college. Later I graduated from Texas A and M and lost my deferment. I graduated in May 1973 and the war stopped in August, 1973 so I was not called. Meanwhile, I had signed a contract with the Marine...

John, California, Pre-lottery: How I Beat the Draft

I tell anyone who asks where I was during the Vietnam war, that I wanted to beat the draft and I also didn’t want to sweat out being called up for years. I joined the Marine Corps at age 16 with my parents’ consent, arrived for boot camp on my 17th...
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