Bill, Kansas, 1969. No 008: The Difference A Day Makes

I was a sophomore at KU when the drawing was held, but having a student deferment kept me from dwelling on the reality of the situation.  As 1971 was nearing its end, I had accepted my certain fate and had even signed up to get the physical (just in case I...

Peter, Kansas, 1968. Year of Reckoning

My year of reckoning was 1968. I had already decided to volunteer for Navy flight but after acing the written test was told I didn’t pass their physical. I had no interest in being a swabby or being in the Air Force (bad uniforms) and the Marines were a little...

Steve, Kansas, 1969. No. 204: The Determinator

I felt relatively comfortable with 204 until I received my “Pre-Induction” notice to report for the physical examination (PE). Impending doom fell over me, for I then believed that the Selective Service forecasters presumed I would be drafted. I had 100...

Marvin, Florida, 1969. No. 002: Go Figure

I had been in Vietnam for almost 9 months when they had the lottery drawing in December 1969, so go figure, that’s how my luck is. I have still not won another lottery since. I did win something though–I came back alive.

Craig, California, 1971. No. 077: Whole Different Perspective

I can remember thinking, it’s just my luck to get a low number.  You have a whole different perspective about the war when it goes from watching it on TV to the reality that you can be in the front line fighting for your life.  I ended up enlisting in the Army....

Stephen, Alabama, 1971. No. 056: Fuel For The Colonel's Jeep

My birth date is December 11, 1952. I finished high school in May 1971. I began college September 1971. My lottery number 56 was called up so I had to leave college and began basic training August 21, 1972 at Ft Knox, Ky. While in basic training I volunteered to go...