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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CW4 Wayne Walusiak
CW4 Wayne Walusiak
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I received my draft notice while in Vietnam. I Wrote them a nice note back saying I would be unable to attend and sent it with the 'free' in the stamp section.
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Capt Bill Bellamy
Capt Bill Bellamy
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Same as many others, I beat the Draft Board to it. I was well into OTS when my parents forwarded my draft notice to me. I showed it to my Flight Training Officer, who told me to give it to him and not worry about it. Since I am from a small town in Texas where everyone knows everyone, I callled my folks so they could let the Chairman of the local board know what had happened.
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TSgt Ralph Schloss
TSgt Ralph Schloss
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I was at Ft. Jackson when I got my draft notice! lol I guess that made me a draft dodger! LOL
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SPC Bill Bailey
SPC Bill Bailey
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I was in AIT in 1967 when I got mine, sorry Uncle Sugar, too late.
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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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Cpl Vic Burk - SEMPER FI Brother!
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Sgt Graeme Payne
Sgt Graeme Payne
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Likewise, never got a draft notice. I enlisted in the Marines at 18, right out of high school, on the 90 day delay program. Did 3 years active duty & 3 years active Reserve.
*Longest tour at any location: Marine Barracks Adak Alaska (1968-69).
* Vietnam 1969-1970; 3rd Amtracs (B Co, Mainenance Platoon), then 1st MARDIV HQ.
*Other duty stations: Camp Pendleton, Quantico, MCSC Albany GA (all as Amtrac mechanic).
* Active reserve duty with VMF-321 at Andrews AFB.
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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
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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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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
11 mo
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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