Roger, Illinois, pre-lottery. War Correspondent

I graduated the J School in 1969 and was drafted in September. By December I was in Advanced Infantry Training. So the lottery did me no good. But I had a patron and was bought out of the infantry and sent to Ft. Sheridan Chicago 5th Army HQ for my first duty...

Tim, Arizona, 1969. No. 198: A Yellow Beret in the South Pacific

When I was a junior at the University of Missouri School of Medicine (Class of ’69), I joined the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1968, a year before graduation. Serving in the USPHS is basically the same as serving in the Army, Navy or Air Force, except...

Lowell, Minnesota, 1969. No. 129: Quite A Night

December 1, 1969 — My 21st birthday, my first legal drink as a college senior, my future determined. It was quite a night at the 71 Club Bar in Turtle River, Minnesota, 10 miles north of Bemidji State College in Bemidji, Minnesota. The evening was progressing...

Tom, Missouri, 1969. No. 232: Enough Said

I graduated from Mizzou in August 1969, got my draft notice in September 1969 and was drafted on October 8,1969. The lottery came out when I was in Basic Training at Fort Leonard Wood. I had a high number—but I’m a Vietnam Veteran—enough said.

William, Missouri. Pre-lottery: Writing on the Wall

I saw the “writing on the wall” early on as I began my college years at Mizzou. I thought it was going to be a certainty that I was called to serve, as my father was before me, so I decided to make my time in the service as good as possible. To me, that...

Randy, Florida, Pre-lottery. No. 136: Assignment Germany

I had already been drafted out of graduate school, entering service Oct. 14, 1969, near the end of the pre-lottery draft. On Dec. 1, 1969, when the first drawing was held (after being announced Nov. 26, 1969) I probably was nearing the end of basic training in Fort...