John, Ontario, 1969. No. 007: North Of The Border

I graduated from Duke in June 1969. When I had entered as a freshman in 1965, I had the rather blase attitude that the war could not last another four years, and so I would not have to worry too much about the draft. Obviously, that strategy failed. As the date of my...

Quinn, Virginia, 1969, No. 191: From The Car Lot To The Pentagon

When I received my 191 lottery number, I thought I would be safe from the draft.  I therefore passed up an offer to join the National Guard and decided to take my chances.  As luck would have it, the Bethesda MD draft board that year (1970) went through number 195 and...

Robert, North Carolina, 1969. No. 236: Sad Day But Happy

I originally was given I-A status by the local draft board even after I told them I suffered one bout of asthma at age 13. Then I got a I-Y deferral through 1969 while I was at Duke. I tried for CO status but at the hearing with my local board, that was quickly...

Greg, California, 1969. No. 257: Not A Ground-Pounder

I was at Duke from 1965 until graduating in 1969.  EVERY YEAR in June while I was in college my draft board (#220 Webster Groves, MO, Dorothy Laburay Clerk–can never forget that witch!) classified me I-A.  Each time I had to get a letter from the registrar at...

Juan, New York, 1969. No. 10: Broader Perspective

I was a graduate student when the first lottery was conducted in 1969, and was not watching when they first started drawing numbers.  I joined the telecast when they were around No. 100 and hoped that my number wouldn’t be drawn anytime soon.  When they got to...