Stephen, Kentucky, 1969. No. 360: Without Obligation

I entered UK in Civil Engineering in September, 1965, and also enrolled in Air Force ROTC. My plans were to become a pilot in the Air Force, then begin a business career. However after two years in the College of Engineering, I decided to change majors and enter the...

Ron, Kentucky, 1969. No. 125: Pharmacy and Tank Training

I was attending the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy in 1970.  My lottery draft number was 125; my draft board was in Lexington.  It was my last year of college, as I was about to finish a 5-year professional program, and my wife was pregnant.  The lottery...

Jeff, Kentucky, 1969. No. 091: West Point No, Football Yes

In 1961 I was in high school at St. Joe Prep, Bardstown, Ky. Our team was playing football against Old Kentucky Home. I was covering a punt and another player rolled on my right arm, breaking my arm and dislocating my elbow. I rehabbed it but did not regain full range...

Douglas, New York, 1969. No. 008: The Value of Education

I had arrived at UK as a pretty typical Louisville boozy redneck. I left as a stoned long-haired freak. (The value of education?) Actually I have always considered pot to have been my salvation from alcohol, as after a time I got real bored with being stoned and have...

Dale, Maine, 1969. No. 330: Lottery Night At The Game

I was in the midst of my final year at UK with graduation coming in May. The war was escalating and yet there was very little anti-war sentiment on the campus at that time, much different from places like Madison, Wisconsin. Nonetheless, I was quite anxious, but...

Lloyd, KY, 1969. No. 125: Fortuitous Visit

The night of the draft lottery in December ’69 is etched in my memory.  My family and I knew that the drawing could immediately determine the course of my life, including the possibility of losing it on a battle field in Viet Nam, where tens of thousands of...