Posted on Mar 11, 2016
COL Mikel Burroughs
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This question is for our Vietnam era Veterans here on RallyPoint. Share with us what your feelings were when you first received and opened your draft notice.

What was your stance on the war? Explain your opinion

Did your parents put ideas into your head about the war that you didn't nessisarly believe in?
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CPT Jack Durish
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WTF! I had just graduated from Infantry OCS and stopped at home before taking off for Vietnam when I received mine. I dressed in my brand new 2LT duds and dutifully reported to the Draft Board at the appointed hour (0600) in Towson, MD. When the elderly lady at the desk asked if she could help me, I handed her my missive from the Draft Board. She scanned it and then looked up at me to say, "You are some kind of smart ass, aren't you?" I smiled and nodded, then did an about face and departed. Yes, I'm still that person today...
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SPC Military Police
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LOL I to received my draft notice after AIT
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SFC Kenneth Withers
SFC Kenneth Withers
2 mo
My lottery number was 88, so I knew it was coming. I just waited until it came. My father is/was a WII Army vet, so I just let them draft me into the Army. I retired in 2011 with forty years in uniform. Some active, some Guard!
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CPT Michael Plumstead
CPT Michael Plumstead
1 mo
I had one semester of ROTC at John Carroll University in Cleveland. I had to work for tuition so I spent two years saving money for tuition and going to night school. I entered Kent State University in 1963. Two weeks after classes started I got a draft notice to report to Fort Jackson, SC. I took the notice down to the ROTC office and signed up. By the time I graduated and got my commission in the Signal Corps I was earning about $300 a week as a radio DJ. I was debt free when my 2LT pay was $243 a month. The 40 months of active duty were worth it
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SP6 John Burns
SP6 John Burns
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I had been in the army for a few months when I received word from my mom that she had a letter from a draft board and didn't know what to do with it! I told her to throw it away and we would see what would happen. I think I was in ranger School at Ft. Benning when that happened. Ranger school or Jump school, one of the two, Fifty -six years is a long time to remember back!!
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Sgt David G Duchesneau
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Never got one, I enlisted into the Marine Corps before getting any notice! I enlisted at 17 on a 90 day wait program because I did not want to get drafted into the Army. No offense brothers and sisters, I just wanted to be a Marine! I knew that I was eventually going to be deployed to Nam which I was. I was a hell of a bugle player and I always wanted to be selected to audition to play in the Commandants Own which after serving two tours in Nam in a Combat Unit, I finally got my chance. At least I fulfilled my dream!
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Ron Ayotte
Ron Ayotte
9 mo
I had a high draft number.. I never got a notice. I had a friend who got a very low number, but he was deaf in one ear and was classified 4F
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LtCol Joe Waldron
LtCol Joe Waldron
7 mo
David, the Pfc in the cubicle next to mine in Adak 1964-65 enlisted in the Corps to beat the draft. He was KIA in Nam in year three of his enlistment. Rest in peace, Douglas Lee Tracy. Fine Marine.
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Sgt David G Duchesneau
Sgt David G Duchesneau
7 mo
LtCol Joe Waldron - Amen to that Colonel. As you said, Rest in Peace! SEMPER FI!
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PO1 Harold Lawrence
PO1 Harold Lawrence
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LtCol Joe Waldron - I was in Adak, 69-72.
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Sgt Field Radio Operator
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Sir, In high school, I knew that I wanted to join the Marine Corps as soon as I graduated. I felt that aiding South Vietnam was a just cause. My parents were both deceased, and my sister who I was living with did not want me to join. My friends all thought that I was crazy. I have no regrets over my decision. I never received a draft notice.
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Sgt Jay Grigsby
Sgt Jay Grigsby
1 y
Semper Fi Brother!
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Sgt Jay Grigsby - Semper Fi Jay!
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SCPO Bob Stevens
SCPO Bob Stevens
1 y
I'm too young to have recieved a draft notice. But before I joined the Navy in 1990, I worked with a guy who had recieved a draft notice from the Army @ the time he graduated high school in 65. He said, he thought at the time if I'm going to Nam than I going with the best so he went straight to the Marine recruiter. By the time the Army got around to looking for him he had been in country for a few months. He said his mother gave them his address and told them to go get him and put him in jail. He never heard from them.
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LT Mike Folker
LT Mike Folker
11 mo
If memory serves, I came up No. 102 in the old lottery: 1-A. Notice came from former Selective Serv. Board in IL.

The family had moved to another state, where I never thought of re-registering. Went to nearest draft board, where they seemed bemused & confused. I think they said, "We'll get back to you." (I suspect the whole lottery scheme stymied the board staffs.)

I enlisted 4 yr later.

As an aside, back at the former Naval Med. Cen., I met a CDR who'd been one of the last draftees under the old system. He had completed his M.A. at Cornell & went into the Navy's Medical Service Corps. At the time, he ran food service at the hospital.
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