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.

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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PO1 John Malinski
PO1 John Malinski
3 mo
I enlisted in the Navy and when I was on leave after A school my mom gave me the the letter I received from the draft board. I always said that this is the only lottery I ever won.
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Lt Col Timothy Cassidy-Curtis
Lt Col Timothy Cassidy-Curtis
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TSgt Andrew Harper - Andrew, I'm going to guess that you were assigned to the 62nd between July 96 and July 97, and the Wing Commander (later 4-Star) you mentioned was Duncan McNabb. How'd I do?

General McNabb's a class guy, so it wasn't a difficult guess (if I'm right).
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TSgt Andrew Harper
TSgt Andrew Harper
1 mo
Were you close! Haha, I left Korea in 98 for McChord and then Col Johns took over the reigns and I worked the Aerial Port and command post with him always wanting to know something. I really thought he was cool and then he took the reigns as AMC Commander. I retired in Jan 2004.
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SGT Paul Richardson
SGT Paul Richardson
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I was on my second tour and was in the 24inf Div Munich Germany. I got it and went down to my first sgt and told him I had to go home. He asked why and told him I had been drafted. He laughed and told me to get my Ass out of his office. Broke my heart..haha
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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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Cpl Vic Burk
Cpl Vic Burk
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Same here! I joined at seventeen. Semper Fi Brother.
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My father did the same thing. He turned 17 in February of 1951, graduated high school in May of 1951 and joined the Navy. Six months he was in Korea attached to a Marine battalion as a radio operator. He stayed in and retired after 24 years as a Navy LT (O-3). He never did get a draft notice.
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SP5 Philip Sanders
SP5 Philip Sanders
7 mo
I went in on the Army delayed enlisted program because I was still 17 and a senior in high school. My dad was a retired LTC and he swore me in. Went to basic at Ord and AIT at Gordon and my first assignment was at Clark AFB in the Philippines where I celebrated my 18th birthday. About 2.4 years later I was n Nam at Phu Bai with the 8th RRFS. It was an interesting time and I still recall so very much. I never received a draft notice and registered for the draft after I ETS’ed.
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CPO Kenneth Kalish
CPO Kenneth Kalish
5 mo
Me too. Joined the Navy at 17, was in Viet Nam at the age of 21 when my notice arrived.
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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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MAJ Jim Woods
MAJ Jim Woods
7 mo
Me Too!
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MCPO John Malone
MCPO John Malone
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I was a discharged Petty Officer 3rd class when I registered for the draft in 1962. As a veteran I was classified a 4-A.
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SPC Lyle Montgomery
SPC Lyle Montgomery
4 mo
As a footnote to my previous post, I remember being at the induction center above the old metro drug in Omaha NE. A Marine sargent went to the front row a of which I was in and said I need 6 volunteers for the Marine Corps I was one of the 6 but I had a red tag on my paperwork folder which designated me for the Army and the Marines couldn't snag me. I did 2 years in the Army one as an infantryman in Viet NAM So I had the same crummy job as the Marines had. Although I was in the Army I have a great deal of respect for the Marine Corps. We both had the same shitty job.
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SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
SMSgt Lawrence McCarter
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I enlisted in July of 1966 shortly after graduating from High School in June, in August I was in basic training. My Dad, a WWII Veteran who also served during the Korean War sure had no problem with Me enlisting nor did My Mom who had been a military dependent part of the time My Dad was on the US Navy.
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