Posted on Mar 11, 2016
COL Mikel J. 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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SP5 Michael Barczykowski
SP5 Michael Barczykowski
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Received mine in 66 while in college. Applied for deferment and got it. Graduated June of 67 and was in 02/02/68. At the time my attitude was if drafted it was my duty. If I wasn't then I won the lottery. Volunteered Airborne and have never regretted that decision. Had a degree in photography, scored 90th percentile auto mechanics and they made me a medic. Go figure.
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COL James Crow
COL James Crow
1 mo
I thought it was a little late in coming. I was in Vietnam when I received my draft notice.
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1SG James Long
1SG James Long
1 mo
I received mine in 1970 with a report date of 6 April and went to the draft board and said I had a deferment for school and was told it was pulled along with the ones for 4 year college students . After basic and AIT I was in Vietnam that December
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CW2 Gary Sherman
CW2 Gary Sherman
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My draft letter arrived at my home when I was in basic training. My folks forwarded my 2nd draft notice based on the lottery. I opened and read it in a bunker during a rocket attack. Funny, my CO would not let my go back to the states to report to the draft board.
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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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Sgt David G Duchesneau
Sgt David G Duchesneau
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Sgt Graeme Payne - Welcome Home Brother!
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PO1 Kevin Dougherty
PO1 Kevin Dougherty
5 mo
Did much the same. Enlisted while still in HS as I had a very low draft number. I narrowed it down to the Navy, simply because I determined if I was maybe going to die, I might as well be clean. (No really that was my state of logic as a 17YO.) I talked to my dad about it, and his words tome changed my course, "Screw the Navy! Join the Coast Guard. They know how to run an outfit."

Turns out he was stationed on an LST in WWII. Their sister ship they went everywhere with was manned by a CG crew, so he got to see how they ran a ship compared to how the Navy ran a ship. Safe to say he was impressed with the CG way.
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GySgt John Hudson
GySgt John Hudson
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Semper Fidelis my Brothers!
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Sgt David G Duchesneau
Sgt David G Duchesneau
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GySgt John Hudson - OohRaaaah Gunny! Stay safe-stay well Brother!
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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 - 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
9 mo
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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CSM Bruce Trego
CSM Bruce Trego
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I can't remember even seeing one. I enlisted in the Army at 19 and never regretted it. I know my number was a high one but my buddy and I just decided to get it over with. So we did. Both of us went to VN and made it home mostly in one piece,
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