Frank, 1971. No. 034: Serving My Way

I was a pacifist Bahai at the time of the war, having applied for a I-A-0 and been dropped to II-S since I was in college.  Saint Louis Univ. started a BSSW program so I transferred to the School of Social Work.  Never having draft age men they didn’t know how...

Phil, Texas, 1969. No. 130: The Army Won't Pay

Graduated from KU in June, 1969. Went home to St. Louis area and went to work. Got a notice (don’t remember when in 1969) to report to the St. Louis (Missouri) Army Depot for a “pre-induction physical”. Got on a bus near where I lived and got a ride...

Marty, Arkansas, 1969. No. 058: Renewed Enthusiasm

Memory and fact do not necessarily match.  I could swear I was in Lawrence, Kansas at the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity common room watching the draft lottery on TV when my number was drawn.  However, that cannot be true, because I graduated in June 1969 and was in...

Dennis, Kentucky, 1969. No. 168: Dateline

29 May 1969: graduated High School7 August 1969: turned 19 years old28 September 1969: I-S classification (high school student) expired16 October 1969: draft physical passed26 November 1969: draft lottery signed into law29 November 1969: enlisted Kentucky National...

Kevin, Florida, 1971. No. 256: Years of Pondering

The Draft wasn’t scary. At least not to me. Even in high school I understood that rich, connected kids didn’t go to war unless they wanted to establish an appearance of honor upon which to build a career as a politician.  I thought everybody should “serve” doing...

Randy, Kansas, 1969. Best Meal of My Life

I graduated in the spring of 1969. There was no lottery at that time. In the summer of that year I was instructed by my draft board to go to Kansas City for the physical. I can’t remember if we were bused over or took the train, but the induction center was near Union...