Charles, Georgia, 1969: Rather Than Take A Chance

I was a junior at UGA in 1969. A group of students at my fraternity decided that it would be better for us to join the Army Reserves rather than take our chances in the lottery. We found vacancies at the Army reserve unit in Augusta and signed up for a six year...

Al, Georgia, 1969. No. 023: Pulling All-Nighters

My future wife and I attended a UGA basketball game on the evening of the 1969 draft lottery. We were listening to post-game comments on the radio, as we were driving back to my fraternity house, when the broadcast was interrupted for the live simulcast of the...

Randall, Georgia, 1971. No. 300: As Fate Would Have It

I had graduated high school in 1970, was in community college.   I was always raised to believe that you owed your country service. My brother was about to be drafted. I never really worried about VietNam. I enlisted with my brother under the Buddy System, in March...

Lynn, Virginia, 1969. No. 321: Under Contract

I was a Junior at UGA and had recently completed ROTC Summer Camp at Fort Bragg, NC when the first lottery was held.  I met my future/current wife (of 42+ years) at UGA about the time of the draft, but it had no impact on me since I had already signed my contract with...

Tony, Georgia, 1969. No. 049: One Night In 1969

Sitting in my fraternity den, watching TV as a college sophomore, I had no clue about the future impact of that evening in 1969.  I had enrolled in Army ROTC as a freshman (it must have been mandatory then) in 1967.  I realized quickly that with my number I needed to...

Robert, Georgia, 1969. No. 100: 90 Days Active

In my second year of Army ROTC, a cousin’s brother-in-law was killed in Vietnam. He had been commissioned into the Army at UGA and went into artillery. I married that summer and thought I had rather go to Vietnam as a private, if called. When my number came up...