Jim, North Carolina, 1969. No. 307: A Father's Advice

I remember the tension leading up to the draft and the relief when I realized my number pretty much protected me from becoming eligible. I also remember one night in my dorm room where I struggled with my conscience about knowing guys who were drafted or soon to be,...

Duane, Texas, 1969. No. 1: Four Year Liquor Supply

In December of 1969, I had just started my first year in medical school in Chicago as I had left NCSU after three years. I sat around with my roommates and a bunch of guys from my class to watch the lottery on TV. We all put up a fifth of liquor, and whoever drew the...

Chet, North Carolina, 1969. No. 172: Guardian Angel

I was in the original lottery of 1969 as a Junior at NC State. Our fraternity had a big Lottery party and pool with low number getting 3/4 the pot and high number 1/4. As usual I was in the middle of the pack at 172. During the spring of my senior year, I had to take...

Don, New Jersey, 1969. No. 242: Hot Off The Teletype

The evening the first lottery was held, a large number of male students and their girlfriends waited for the results outside the the offfice of the school newspaper, the ‘Technician’, next to Syme Hall.  As the results came in over the Technician’s...

Larry, Florida, 1969. No. 19: Parris Island 1970

I studied Nuclear Engineering at NC State from 1966-1970. In February of 1969, my best friend from high school in Alabama was killed in Vietnam. I had tried to talk him out of dropping out of Auburn and joining the Army, but he was stubborn and did it anyway. I was...

Art, North Carolina, 1969. No. 354: Mixed Feelings All Around

I was finishing up my final semester at NCSU… had been in Air Force ROTC in anticipation of going into the service. The lottery changed everything at the time, and perhaps for my life. I had held campus interviews and was offered a position at RCA Computer...