Vinny, Rhode Island, 1970. No. 323: Better Luck Next Year

It was 1 December 1969, and I was a freshman at the University of Rhode Island. Forty or so guys were huddled around the big TV in the lobby watching the results. About twenty-five of us put $1 each into a pool so that the guy who drew the lowest number would win the...

Ron, Florida, 1969. No. 207: Bingo You're Drafted

207. That was my number. Anytime I hear that number in the near half-century since, I immediately recognize its significance to me. I think they got to about number 195 the following year to be inducted. Lots of wondering if they would get to my number or not. I read...

Ted, Georgia, 1969. No. 013: All Kinds of People

I was finally drafted in December 1969 after graduating from UGA and trying unsuccessfully for several deferments and also to get into the Reserves. Mine was the last group to go prior to the lottery but when my lucky number turned out to be 13 I knew there was...

John, Georgia, 1969. No. 195: Taking Out An Insurance Policy

I graduated from the University of Georgia with a BBA in accounting June 1969.  I began work in Atlanta several days after graduation for Arthur Andersen & Co., a large international CPA firm.  I was worried about being drafted so was able to join the Eatonton...

William, South Carolina, 1969. No. 040: Bad Way To Choose

I vividly remember the day of the lottery. All of my close college friends gathered in one room to watch. I was the first number drawn from our group at 040. The next highest number for those in the room was in the 90s. It was ironic that we were the only two with...

Robert, Wisconsin, 1969. No. 232: We Did Our Part

I didn’t get to see my number till the Sunday morning following the lottery due to my being in about the sixth week of basic at Ft. Campbell, KY. Our BCT Company (B-10-2) was limited to Company area, but on those Sunday mornings, a couple sons of non-coms would...