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...

Victor, Georgia, 1969. No. 279: Drinking For Two Days

My roommate and I got to the TEP fraternity house on the night of the lottery, about 10 minutes after the start. We stayed and drank with fraternity brothers until the lottery was over. After my number was called late I drank more while waiting on my roommate’s...

Billy, Georgia, 1969. No. 301: Rather Intimidating

My physical was the next week after the lottery, in Atlanta by bus from Athens. Even with a high number, I was scared to death at the physical. As you all remember, it was rather intimidating! I just knew I was gonna mess in my pants before I got there. It was an old...

Gene, Georgia, 1969. No. 366: Flight Plan Canceled

Yes I remember the draft lottery day. Just a few weeks before the lottery I had met with a Navy Recruiter. I took a small test and he said I did well. I agreed to return in a few weeks for a ride in a jet to be scheduled at an Air Force base here in Georgia. Before I...

Jack, Georgia, 1969. No. 141: Flat-footed

I remember that day very well. I was living at Callaway Garden Apartments on the Atlanta highway. Myself and about 10 or 15 friends gathered at an apartment to wait for the lottery. Needless to say we had lots of beer and snacks and by the time the drawing was to...