Mark, Kansas, 1969. Three Outcomes

I was a senior living in a scholarship hall at KU when the lottery numbers were drawn.  I had already been accepted into medical school, so I was deferred.  After my residency, the military had no interest in me anymore.  My two senior roommates had different...

David, 1969. No. 016: No Vietnam

In 1969 my lottery number was 16. I was attending college part time when I was drafted in December 1970, with orders for Ft. Polk (basic) and then Vietnam. So I ran around looking for other options. I enlisted a few days later in the Army Reserve and went to basic...

Bob, Texas, 1969. No. 323: Basic Training Chow Line

I graduated from KU in June of 1969. Local Board 47 in Independence, Kansas had me reclassified to I-A and drafted even before KU mailed my diploma to me. I was standing in a basic training chow line when I found out my lottery number was 323–talk about bad...

Stephen, Washington, 1969. No. 098: Keep the Bag in Your Hand

I’m amazed to think how unaware I was, beyond the desire to stay out of the Army.  If my eyes had been better I would have gone into the Air Force and might have ended up at the Hanoi Hilton.  The Air Force would have taken me but not as a pilot.  I opted for...

Michael, Kansas, pre-lottery: Regardless of Validity

I was drafted in the summer of 1969 a few months before the lottery went into effect.  I am now a disabled combat veteran of Viet Nam due to Agent Orange, PTSD etc.  I am very proud of my service and that I was patriotic enough to go to war for my country and not try...