Tim, 1971. No. 365: Like It Was Yesterday

I was in the draft lottery for the men born in 1952. After years of watching the Vietnam War being played out on television I was sure I would get a lousy number. They say 13 is unlucky, but not for me. August 13th ended up with 365! The only anecdote that I remember...

Dennis, 1969. Date Line

29 May 69 grad. H.S. – 7 Aug 69 turned 19 – June 69 1-S-H deferment expired – 26 Oct draft physical passed – 26 Nov draft lottery signed into law – 29 Nov 69 enlisted Ky. Army National Guard – 1 Dec 69 winning lottery # 168 ( 195...

Bill, Connecticut, 1969. No. 261: Never Fired a Gun

I remember  a number of us meeting with our girlfriends in their college student lounge to watch the results of the lottery.  At the time we weren’t aware how far into the numbers the following year’s draft would go.  My birthday was pulled out at the...

Robert, Michigan, 1969. No. 191:Not Sure Why I'm Alive

I was doing horrible in school, always getting in trouble with the law, hanging around with the bad crowd. I decided I had to change my life, or I knew I would end up in prison. My parents were also not happy with my situation, so they encouraged me to join the...

Glenn, New York, 1969. No. 222: Vietnam, Here We Go

I graduated from high school in Ellenburg Depot , NY, in 1969. I knew the draft lottery was happening soon and I might become elgible for possible infantry time in the Army. Military duty was not new to our family, as my uncles were serving at the time. Some had...

Thomas, Rhode Island, 1971. No. 003: Mother Knows Best

I just graduated high school  in June, 1971 and in August I watched my number come up on the TV screen. At first I didn’t know if # 3 was good or bad! It wasn’t long. Within a week I received my first notice in the mail. Then I knew it was for real. My...