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.

The Comments Here are Historical and Awesome!

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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1LT Charles Locklear
1LT Charles Locklear
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I just handed mine to the First Sargent and he said he would take care of it.
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SSG Patrick Sloan
SSG Patrick Sloan
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Cpt Durish,
That was funny!
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LtCol Robert Brockish
LtCol Robert Brockish
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I was taking in the son sitting on the edge of my foxhole on a hilltop overlooking the Punch Bowl in Korea in the fall of 1951. Laughed, showed it around and ignored it. What could they do; send me to war?
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MAJ Byron O.
MAJ Byron O.
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It sounds to me you were doing what you were told in the most expedite fashion. Had it been me, I probably would have showed up in civilian clothes and let them start processing me.
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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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GySgt John Hudson - OohRaaaah Gunny! Stay safe-stay well Brother!
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CPT Lawrence Cichelli
CPT Lawrence Cichelli
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The marines drafted as well. A friend of mine told me that MEPPS was counting something like 1,2,3 Marine. 1,2,3 Marine. In your case you took the sure bet. I was too young for the draft. By the way, Thanks for your service and Semper FI! Me, I'm retired army and spent 15 years in an Army Reserve band.
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Sgt David G Duchesneau
Sgt David G Duchesneau
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CPT Lawrence Cichelli - What instrument did you play Capt? Hopefully, you are still playing today? Stay well!
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CPT Lawrence Cichelli
CPT Lawrence Cichelli
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I play trumpet and french horn. I'm still playing and doing Military Funeral Honors through both Bugles Across America and the local Casualty Assistance Coordinator. Once this Covid is over, I'll be looking to join a band. Thanks for reaching out to me and stay well and thanks for your service!!
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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
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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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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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