Wayne, North Carolina, 1969. No. 240's

At the time of the draft, I was a senior at UNC and planning to get married and go to graduate school after graduation.  I had mixed emotions about the war, but would have served if I had been unlucky with the lottery.  My friends and I were all sweating the lottery...

John, North Carolina, 1969. No. 222: Enlisted.

I graduated from high school in 1966 at the age of 16.  Entered UNC that fall and flunked out by the following autumn. After two years of junior college during which I held a 1A draft status, I was in the first lottery in the fall of 1969 while at Western Carolina...

George, California, 1971. Not called.

I was going to go.  Although I couldn’t see myself actually using a rifle.  My father was an Army paratrooper during the Korean War and had a career in the Air Force afterward.  He met my mom in 1951 – in Japan.  My mother was definitely against me being...

Steve, New York, 1969. No. 330: Medical Draft

My initial experience with the Selective Service dates to May 1966 when I registered shortly after turning 18.  New York, where I lived at the time, provided a strong motive for getting a draft card:  it was one of the best ways to prove your age and drinking was...

Glenn, North Carolina, 1969. No. 167: National Guard

On the night of the lottery, we gathered in front of the TV at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house on Cameron Avenue. We had all chipped in for a “fifth” of whiskey and had set it on top of the television set; it was to be awarded to the first person...

William, North Carolina, 1969. No. 310: 4-F

I was a senior at UNC-Chapel Hill when the first draft was held.  I was already classified 4-F due to a football injury in high school.  My birthday (November 5) was #310 in the draft, so I was exempt from the draft for two reasons.  I don’t recall how high the...