Douglas, Missouri, 1969. No. 070: Medical Service Corps

I was near the end of my undergraduate degree and remember seeing groups of 10-15 men huddled around radios in the Missouri University Student Commons. I heard my birthdate and lottery No. 70 announced, which elicited groans around the room vs. the many cheers when...

Robert, Colorado, 1969. No. 001: Peace-maker

The draft was in effect from the beginning of the war, years prior to the first lottery in 1969. In my 1965 Air Academy high school graduating class at the Air Force Academy, of the 75 males, 12 received appointments either to the Air Force Academy, West Point, or...

Ben, Missouri, 1970. No. 20: Summer of Confusion

Graduated Spring of 1969. Was drafted 3 times in the summer of 69. The last time I was drafted had already enlisted in the Army Security Agency. 1969 was a summer of confusion, it was the time of the draft reductions. I had signed up for Naval flight school but the...

Michael, Missouri, 1969. No Vacation

I graduated medical school in 1969 and became immediately eligible for the draft, months before the first lottery. I was accepted for a fine residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in surgery. However the position was contingent on me having some type of...

Daniel, Kansas, 1969. No. 107: Alternative Service

My lottery number was 107, and the night of the lottery I was visiting my girlfriend at Northwest Missouri State U, in a large residence hall TV lounge. The room was quiet, the mood very serious, and the suspense was great. As each number was read and the date...

Charles, MO, 1969. No. 019: OCS Rather than be Drafted

I married my High School sweetheart in January prior to my graduation in 1969. She was soon pregnant so after graduation I decided to enlist for OCS rather than be drafted. I took Basic at Ft. Leonard Wood and AIT at Ft Polk. Afterwards was assigned to the Cav as a...