Art, Massachusetts, 1969. No. 315: Naval ROTC

It is a great question that takes you down into the time tunnel. As a junior in 1969 there was a high level of awareness and anxiety about the war. As an NROTC student I was keenly aware of what lay ahead. I had joined the unit as a freshman, knowing that a Navy...

Bruce, North Carolina, 1969. No. 273

I remember when the lottery was first announced, and hearing the results. My brother and I both got high numbers – mine was 273, his was 324. There was also a pool in our dorm at UNC, and the ‘winner’ – the guy with the lowest number –...

Mark, New Jersey, 1969. No. 154: National Guard

As an undergraduate at UNC, I was a partial scholarship baseball player during the 1966-68 seasons. I was quite poor and since I started on the Varsity Baseball Team during the 1968 season, I asked coach Rabb for more scholarship money. Since there was none, I...

Bill, North Carolina, 1969. No. 357.

I was a junior at the University of North Carolina when the first lottery came along.  I was opposed to the war and I was worried about what would happen when I graduated.  The war was getting bigger and more people were being drafted.  I had been in school mainly to...

Jim, 1969. No. 1! Drafted.

“If you are one of the thousands of men who escaped the draft in the lottery years, we want to hear from you.” Who escaped?? Well, hooray for you. I was number 1 (September 14, 1948) in the first draft lottery. I wasn’t even watching the nationally...

Greg, North Carolina, 1969. No. 366! Drafted anyway

I was finally drafted in Sept. 1969 (after a year of avoidance due to a problem ankle but by then they would take anyone). It was impossible to get into the nat’l guard or the reserves. The navy and air force had waiting lists to get in. At the induction...