Brad, South Dakota, 1969. No. 191: No Regrets Whatsoever

I graduated from high school in 1966.  My dad was a WW-II veteran and I always had it in the back of my mind to eventually enter the service.  I bounced in and out of two different colleges after getting out of high school and in the late fall of 1969 it became...

John, Ohio, 1971. No. 287: Contrary Opinion

The draft ended for me when I received the number 287 in the 1971 lottery. From the  results of previous lotteries, I knew that I had a high enough number that I wouldn’t be called. I had grown up with the draft and came to several opinions. I opposed military...

Bob, Texas, 1972. No. 005: Heard About It on the Radio

The date of my draft lottery was Feb. 2, 1972.  I was riding home from college with my two best friends since high school when we heard about it on the radio.  The news announcer read off the first five dates in order and when he said “and, July 21” as the...

Eric, Missouri, 1969. No. 136: Fortune Smiled

As a graduating senior – Class of 1970 – I followed the Selective Service Lottery with a great deal of interest. That famous December night in 1969 found a large group of us huddled around the television in my fraternity house. We hung on every number as it was drawn...

Terry, Maryland, 1969. No. 026: Smoothing Sharp Edges

I graduated from Carolina in the spring of 1969, with only a vague notion of what to do with my life. After taking creative writing under Max Steele, I fancied myself a budding novelist; Carolina law school was Plan B. But nothing could happen until the dark cloud of...

Dan, 1971. No. 095: What I Needed to Do

I had drawn number 95 and a good friend of mine had drawn number 96. We just figured that we would both be drafted and that maybe we could end up together. It was in the summer of 1972 when my mother showed up at my work with my draft notice. I can still remember the...