Posted on Mar 11, 2016
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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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MSG Moises Maldonado
MSG Moises Maldonado
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MSgt Paul Connors - My Bad,, I thought i Saw a profile picture of you looking rather young( a compliment i Guess).. So I thought you were way out of the Draft.. But being a USAF Vet and refer to the Feds as FASCISTS Let me to believe that you are very Disrespectful and a Biased Liberal.. Also think that you were NOT a good Serviceman and got up in rank just for being there and Not Merit... Have q NICE ONE...
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MSgt Paul Connors
MSgt Paul Connors
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MSG Moises Maldonado - Once again, you assume incorrectly. I am NOT a BIASED LIBERAL as you erroneously suggest. On the contrary, I am a CONSERVATIVE with a strong streak of libertarianism. FYI, MSG Maldonado, I have two BA degrees: one in Military History and the second in Political Science. I also have an MA in International Relations (a branch of Political Science).

As for referring to the feds as fascist, well, in many cases they are because they use the omnipotent power of the State to suppress individuals. If you doubt this, I suggest you pick up a copy of the great book LIBERAL FASCISM by JONAH GOLDBERG.

In the meantime, here are some examples of how the federal government is fascist: 1) The increasing use of regulations (not laws) to criminalize behaviors by both businesses and individuals, 2) The use of the FBI and CIA against individual citizens with the Intelligence services operating ILLEGALLY inside the borders of the USA and against US citizens. 3) The suggestions by just about EVERY DEM candidate for POTUS that they will confiscate AR-15s and other what they call ASSAULT RIFLES (to include M1As), any long gun with a pistol grip, any magazine fed, semi-auto, etc. 4) The suggestions by ALL of the DEM candidates that there will be SINGLE PAYER healthcare for ALL whether we like it or not (leaving us little to no choice). As someone FORCED to use MEDICARE in order to retain my TRICARE eligibility, I greatly resent the use of coercive compulsion by the FEDERAL Government to compel me to do something I didn't want to do. 5) The legislating from the bench by federal judges, bypassing the Congress and Senate in their Constitutional roles as the LEGISLATIVE branch of government and co-equals with the Executive and Judicial branches. 6) The increasing tendencies of both GOP and DEM POTUSes to rule by EXECUTIVE ORDER. FYI, E.O.s were NEVER intended to become regulatory in and of themselves; they were supposed to be utilized to further EXPLAIN legislation and regulations. They were NEVER intended to become regulations in themselves.
We have too many UN-ELECTED bureaucrats and civil service employees who are NOT ACCOUNTABLE to the electorate making decisions and policies without legal or Congressional oversight. This in itself is a sign of fascist controls behind the scenes.

Sergeant Maldonado, you do NOT know me and therefore, are UNQUALIFIED to pass judgment on me in any way. Your suggestion that I was a lousy soldier and somehow managed to be promoted simply by virtue of time and seniority is also an ABSURD statement. You know as well as anyone, that TIS and TIG do NOT get one promoted. There are other requirements such as PME, decorations, civilian education and so on.

In combat, the greatest mistake a leader or commander can make is to underestimate the enemy and his capabilities. It applies in post-military life as well. I suggest that before you judge the book by its cover, or even by the first chapter, that you delve into it and glean as much information as you can before coming to a final conclusion. Making the statements you did about another service member, whom you don't know and have never met can lead to embarrassment and other less than desirable outcomes.

Here ends the lesson.
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PO2 Lewis Brockman
PO2 Lewis Brockman
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Even general Patton read Rommels book on tank formations.
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CW2 Fred Baker
CW2 Fred Baker
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MSG Moises Maldonado - Remarks like yours are unbecoming of the uniform. I am proud of being a veteran and all of my veteran Brothers and Sisters. Regardless of our views, we have all learned to do things in an orderly and efficient manner. Our missions were executed and our training got us through.
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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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SSgt Dee O'Connor
SSgt Dee O'Connor
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PVT James Strait thank you for your service
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SSgt Dee O'Connor
SSgt Dee O'Connor
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COL Mikel Burroughs I did delayed enlistment at 17. My mom had to sign. But I felt it was the right thing to do. March 1974
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PO2 Lewis Brockman
PO2 Lewis Brockman
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I enlisted at 17, dad signed the papers. He was RA in the south pacific from 42 -45 told me a story when he signed the papers, said they used to talk bad about the Navy having a dry place to sleep and hot food to eat, one morning they awoke to the whole Jap navy in the harbor, started destroying documents and equipment to run the the hills, the jap ships started blowing up , it was like a circus them trying to get under way and they just kept blowing up, their was smoke on the horizon and in some min the fleet came over. He said it was the prettiest thing he ever saw. did not talk bad about the Navy anymore.
This was the only thing he ever told me about his time in the service and after mine I know why.
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CPO Rick Wilder
CPO Rick Wilder
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I enlisted at 17, dad signed the papers also and I got drafted two years after I was in the navy
My navy time was 1958 to 1978 best years of my life (BMC USN )
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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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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
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Ted: Thank you for serving. I wanted to be a Marine from the time I was a kid and did the same thing. The draft was winding down when I went in but I didn't care - I served during the Viet Nam Era and was certainly glad I did. I had great officers and NCOs. I extended and almost reenlisted but I decided to get out and go to college. Semper Fi! COL L
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COL Jon Lopey - I appreciate your response Colonel, and thank you for your many years of service. Semper Fi.
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1LT Mike Donio
1LT Mike Donio
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Cpl Donald McKeon - Same thing happened to my college room-mate...he left college was drafted and at induction center selected for Marines! We later met up in San Fran when I was returning from Nam. He was an E-5 by then and a few years later when to Marine OCS and later became a Cpt.
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SFC Gary Stanfill
SFC Gary Stanfill
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When I was sowern In at Meps they put all the non Drafted personel in the back row.....The SGT came in with his clip board and started with the front row.....He said u,u and u are now Marines....U an U are AF and u and u are now Navy...Every one else except the back row you all are now in the ARMY...
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