Paul, Canal Zone, 1971. No. 248: More than I deserve

I went to college in the fall of 1970, and got a student deferment from the draft.  Stupidly, I dropped some courses, not realizing that at the end of the school year I wouldn’t have enough credits to sustain my deferment.  I was part of the lottery in the...

Steve, North Carolina: No Step Forward

By my mid-teens I knew what a conscientious objector was, and I knew I was one.  I’d always attended Quaker schools, and fully accepted the belief that God is found in every person. Participating in killing other people was unacceptable.I started college in 1964,...

Ted, Virginia, 1969. No. 114: The Luckiest Draftee

I was with a group of my fraternity brothers the night they announced the numbers. One of them actually got #1 but as it turned out my #114 wasn’t any better.  Got my induction notice in Sept. 1970 and flew from Richmond, VA to Ft. Campbell, KY for basic...

Mitchell, New Jersey, 1971. No. 153: That Simple Reality

Deferments were relegated to history by the time I became eligible for call-up, as was only fair. As it turned out, no draft board went above 95 for 1972, which turned out to be the last full year of the draft. Although I took no evasive action to avoid service, to...

Charlie, Georgia, 1969. No. 253: Like Watching the Super Bowl

I graduated from Robert E. Lee high school in Jacksonville in ’67.  Guys I knew where already in Vietnam by their own enlistments, including my brother.  I was enrolled in junior college which gave me a deferral for the remainder of ’67 and the first half...