Gus, Kansas, 1969. No. 127: Fact of Life

I enrolled at Kansas University in the fall of 1966 from a small town in southwest Kansas.  The Viet Nam war was on and there were occasional protests on campus in the late 60s.  On the day the lottery numbers were announced, all of us in the Sigma Nu fraternity...

Jetz, Kansas, 1969. No. 257: Worked For Me

We listened to the lottery on the radio in a study room of the frat house. I remember holding my breath each time they called a number. I got really nervous when the first number called was Sept 14. My birth date was Sept. 28. Then two more September numbers were...

Vince, Kansas, 1969. No. 358: Mood Change

I had just returned to my fraternity house after a KU basketball game. The lottery numbers were being announced on the radio. As the numbers were drawn the mood changed dramatically as those with low numbers realized their lives were immediately changed. Girlfriends...

Bruce, Illinois, 1971. No. 044: Welcome Home

I was 19 years old when my number (44) was drawn in the 1971 lottery (June 19th). I was called to duty in July 1972, having turned 20 by then. I had been married about 18 months and had a little boy about the same age. I went to Ft. Leonard Wood, MO for my basic...

James, Kansas, 1969. No. 017: Unknown Directions

Throughout my early years at K.U., I knew that mandatory military service was an issue I would need to address eventually.  I was not shying away from it, but it was just easier to postpone it until after graduation. My student deferment would expire in June 1970, and...

John, Kansas, 1969. No. 210: Not Going Back To San Antonio

After the Selective Service called up 30 lottery numbers in each month for January, February, and March of 1970, I felt like the lottery was just another government joke to get the public (mainly those of us of military age) off their backs…a postponing...