Mark, Wisconsin, 1969. No. 064: AWOL After Kent State

I was one of those caught up in the first draft lottery. I can remember sitting around with a group of friends in Madison, Wisconsin watching the lottery picks on TV. My number was 64 and I knew that I would get drafted. The day after the lottery picks were announced...

Tim, Kansas, 1969. No. <100: Coast Guard No, Teaching Yes

I had considered but rejected applying for CO status (I philosophically endorsed WWII), and yet I objected to the Vietnam war. When I got a lowish (under 100) number, I also applied to the US Coast Guard (my option if Graduate School did not get me a deferment) but...

Larry, New York. Happily Ever After

Here is my story about the draft.  My classification was changed from II-S to I-A during that time.  I was notified to put my affairs in order, such as tell my landlord that I had been called up and that I would no longer need my apartment.  I did so.  I also packed...

Keith, Kansas, 1969. No. 327: America Was Saved

I could never recall my SSN without looking it up until I turned 65, but my draft number in the lottery is one I have never forgotten. July 6th, No. 327.  Even though I had no trouble maintaining my grades, that announcement removed all pressure from the selective...

Pat, Missouri, 1969. No. 027: Poor Choice of Day To Be Born

The night of the first draft lottery all the guys in my fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, were listening to the radio for the draft numbers to be called. When my birthday (July 21st) was called as No. 27, there was a great deal of screaming and yelling at my expense by my...

Mark, Kansas, 1969. No. 300: Not Considered Equal

I was in the first class to be in the lottery but unlike the class to follow we were still able to keep our student deferment if we stayed in college.  I was living in Ellsworth Hall at KU and all the guys were gathered around the 7th floor lobby TV as it happened. My...