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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TSgt Gary Garvin
TSgt Gary Garvin
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I Love it!
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CPT Jack Durish
CPT Jack Durish
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SGT Mary G. - Most were old, really old
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PO3 Charles Streich
PO3 Charles Streich
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While attending college at SIU, my draft board was burned down in Chicago. All deferments were changed from 2S to 1A. I took the train up and visited all the Service Offices. The Navy offered the best with Officer Training and Flight School. I took the physical in St. Louis and found that I was color blind. They had me sit in the back and I noticed that others who were color blind sit in the front row. After the oath a Marine came in and said all in the front row follow me your in the Marine Corp. There was a lot of screaming cause they said I joined the Army, Navy or Air Force. I saw that they needed guys who can see through Camo. After that semester I visited the Navy where they had a 30mo. enlistment for the SeaBees. I signed up and took the physical and avoided the front row. I got home and checked my mail and my induction was cancelled. I used the GI Bill for the last class that I needed to graduate when I was discharged.
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CPT Michael Joyce
CPT Michael Joyce
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My Dad was color blind, but enlisted in the Navy Seabees, he copied someone during the test. He was WWII and went to the Mariannas.
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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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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
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David: I did the same thing - My mother wouldn't sign for me when I was 17 but shortly after high school I joined the Marines on my 18th birthday! What a birthday present...It was one of the best decisions I ever made. Semper Fi, Marine! COL L
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COL Jon Lopey
COL Jon Lopey
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Scott: When I joined the Marine in '72, I actually ran into a Marine SSGT who was drafted during Viet Nam. He was squared-away. There were some occasions when men were drafted into the Marines during Viet Nam but my understanding is it didn't happen that much. I knew a guy who joined the USAF in '68 and that was the costliest year of the war. They were taking their physicals when a Marine NCO showed up and asked for men to volunteer for the USMC. No one stepped forward and he went down the line and picked the biggest men in the formation. I have mixed feelings about the all-volunteer force but I still think we are better off with volunteers overall. Semper Fi, COL L
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MSG Ray Manzano
MSG Ray Manzano
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SPC Scott Sayre - SGT Duchesneau was right. It was the luck of the draw. When they had us line up. I was standing in line they started at the left of the line and counted down the line to almost the middle, which I was a few men further on and then said that everyone from this point to my left "You're now Marines and the rest of you are Army". So I ended up being Army did my two years, extended for one more then re-enlisted and stayed Army for 35 years, until they medically retired me.
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PO3 Michael Johnson Sr
PO3 Michael Johnson Sr
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When they asked for my draft card in boot camp and I said I didn't have one they got real upset. I asked if they wanted to send me home but they did not find that very amusing. Instead I got extra duty for being a smart ass . I tried to register after I got off active duty since I never registered before going in. The lady at the desk said I didn't need to cause they knew how to find me if needed. Don't know how she thought they were going to find me since I never registered. This was in "73". Still don't have a draft card.
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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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SSG Charlie Davis
SSG Charlie Davis
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By the time I got my 1A draft notice, I had already evaded it by enlisting for four (4) years in the USASA (1966). So in effect, I did beat the draft!
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Cpl Donald McKeon
Cpl Donald McKeon
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My brother was drafted into the Marines in 1966. They lined up the new recruits and every fifth one was a Marine. Not many Marines only spend two years of active duty in the Marines.
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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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Sgt Field Radio Operator
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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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