Ron, Arizona, 1969. No. 035: Salvation Lottery

35.  My birthday in 1948 was on May 7.  That’s month 5, day 7.  5×7=35, my draft number.  It was all too neat.  I was a senior at Cornell sitting on the sofa next to my pregnant young wife in the library room of our tiny student apartment in Ithaca, New...

Doyle, Virginia, 1969. No. 363: Last Page of the Yearbook

My hometown is Lynchburg, VA; but, I was born in Athens, GA while my father was at the University of Georgia.  So, after high school, I returned to UGA and was graduated on June 7, 1969.  On that same day, I also was commissioned a 2LT in the Army Signal Corps. On the...

William, Georgia, 1969. I'll Take Care of This

I avoided the draft by keeping my student deferment until 1966, when I left college temporarily to raise the money to continue my education. Three weeks after I left, I was called up for a physical at Fort Jackson, SC. There I passed the AFQT with flying colors,...

Jimmie, Tennessee, 1972. No. 300+: Agitated and Uncertain

I remember the day of the lottery like it was yesterday. At the time, I was a senior at St. Paul’s School, an all boys Catholic high school in Covington, Louisiana. We were in homeroom watching a black and white television. As the numbers were called, I could...

Carl, Georgia, 1969. No. 257: Second Most Eligible

I graduated from the University of Georgia in June 1969 and began work immediately.  I was called for my draft physical in September 1969.  I talked with an Air Force recruiter and was told that they were only accepting Officer Candidate School candidates as pilots...

Jerry, Georgia, 1969. No. 003: Rolling the Dice

I was in the premed program at the University of Georgia at the time of the lottery. My roommate was a business major. The night the lottery was broadcast live on the radio, Dwight and I purchased a couple of six packs of beer and several snacks, settling in for the...