Pierce, Nebraska, 1969. No. 341: Angel of Death Passed Over

I remember that night pretty clearly; after all, this first compulsory draft lottery was to be America’s ultimate game show.  I was a sophomore at Duke.  My roommate from freshman year, Darryl D. (who had been the freshman class president), had pledged, and...

Fred, Georgia, 1969. No. 246: Induction Day

I got my draft notice in November of 1969, and was inducted on December 1, 1969.  Of course, December 1 is the day that the lottery numbers were drawn. My number would have been 246. Tough luck for me, or maybe a day late and a dollar short. On the other hand, I was...

Bob, Virginia, 1969. No. 118: Priceless

I was a sophomore at Duke in December, 1969, living in York House–one of the “new” dorms on west campus. The night of the draft lottery a group of us attended a basketball game at the old Greensboro Coliseum. The freshmen were tasked to take turns...

Cym, Texas, 1969. A Fine Diversion

I had already served in the Navy in Vietnam before college and law school and the draft lottery. My draft number ended up being very high in any event. About a third of our law school class (1969-1972) was composed of veterans.  There were an ample number...

Fred, Georgia, 1969. No. 154: Take Your Chances

In my senior year at Duke my student deferment was rapidly coming to an end. I remember thinking that the draft had always gotten well beyond my number in the past and if I didn’t want to end up slogging around the jungle on foot I needed to enlist.  Because I...

Nick, California, 1969. No. 300+: Drink More Beer And Pray

I remember the Draft Lottery well. I was a senior at Duke University and awaiting acceptance to Medical School. Clearly, the Vietnam War was not supported philosophically by many college students then eligible for the Draft and hence the unhappiness and angst that...